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One bottle each of the first three vintages of our newest estate wine, the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Corison Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The 2016 Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon aromas jump out of the glass, including wildly complex Luxardo cherry, black raspberry, plums, blueberries and baking spices. Grace-notes include violet perfume and star anise. Rich and full in the mouth, the velvety but grippy tannins and bright natural acidity give it structure. Characteristic minerality completes the tasty package.

Vibrant, fresh and energetic, the 2015 Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is sunshine in a bottle. Black-raspberry pastille, boysenberry and raspberry freezer jam jump out of the glass, accompanied by baking spices and cumin. Earth and minerals join violet perfume to lift the aromas, and polished tannins contribute a full, smooth texture.

Our inaugural single-vineyard Sunbasket Cabernet Sauvignon (the 2014) displays the characteristic bright cherries I expect from this vineyard, joined by rich raspberry and cassis nuance. Supple, velvety tannins, stony minerality, and hints of baking spices and anise round out the juicy flavors. Exuberant floral notes of violets and dried roses jump out of the glass, dancing with the fruit. This wine is blossoming into its first, fruit-driven peak.Cathy Corison



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  Cathy Corison's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Sunbasket Vineyard is just fabulous. Dense, powerful and beautifully layered in the glass, this sumptuous Cabernet fills a very nice middle spot in the Corison range, as it is quite succulent and yet also far more approachable than the Kronos. Soft, curvy contours add to a sense of immediacy and sheer allure. Open-knit and expressive, with all of the radiance that gives this site its name, the 2016 Sunbasket is outrageously delicious, even in the early going.Antonio Galloni, Dec 2018View from the Cellar
The 2016 Sunbasket Vineyard bottling of cabernet sauvignon from Cathy Corison is just a touch riper than the estate bottling, but still very civilized at 13.4 percent alcohol, and it too is an absolute cellar treasure in the making. The wine is a bit sappier on the nose than the estate bottling (as one would expect from a vineyard named Sunbasket), offering up a superb bouquet of black raspberries, black cherries, a hint of allspice, cigar smoke, tobacco leaf, an excellent base of soil tones and a discreet framing of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full- bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with ripe, well-integrated tannins, great focus and grip and a very long, nascently complex and promising finish. This will probably drink a few years sooner than the 2016 estate bottling, but should age just as long and gracefully and it will be for future generations to decide which bottling they like better thirty or forty years down the road!John Gilman, July-August 2019, Issue #82Wine & Spirits Magazine
Top US Cabernet of 2019
  This cabernet is cool enough to sustain its herbal character, even as it’s saturated with dark fruit and meaty enough to stand in the company of its Napa Valley neighbors. The herbal side comes across in notes of fennel, tumbling through the juicy, gravelly texture, bringing to mind a match with grilled fennel sausages. This is the third vintage of Sunbasket, a vineyard just north of Cathy Corison’s winery on the west of side Highway 29, where she sourced fruit for three decades before purchasing it in 2014.(10/19)

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95   Corison 2015 St. Helena Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
André Tchelistcheff originally planted this vineyard for Beaulieu and, three decades ago, Cathy Corison began working with fruit from the site, just north of her winery on the west side of Highway 29. She purchased the vineyard in 2014. That year, it was the cabernet franc that showed remarkable briskness and cool spice. In 2015, it’s the cabernet sauvignon that shines, with that coolness of deep-rooted cabernet harvested at the right time. It’s full and lush, the flavors extending into a savory, red-fruited finish, meaty and rich rather than sweet. Its concentration doesn’t get in the way of its dynamic energy, which brings out floral notes and cool spice, lasting with gentle grace.(08/18)Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
CORISON Sunbasket Vineyard St. Helena 2015
Long a champion of restraint rather than an adherent of ripe and blustery wines, winemaker Cathy Corison has come up with yet another sleek and stylish wine of concise, curranty fruit backed by discreet oak. It lacks for nothing in the way of substance and structure, and it evokes an ongoing sense of seriousness with the kind of tannic spine to age and last for many years. It is just astringent enough to command waiting and will need a good half-decade of patience before fully unfolding… it exhibits great presence and staying power. August 2018VINOUS - explore all things wine
Corison's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Sunbasket Vineyard offers lovely brightness and aromatic intensity in its red-toned fruit. Silky and voluptuous, the 2015 has a lot to offer. This is an especially racy Cabernet, and yet all the elements fall into place effortlessly.Antonio Galloni, January 2018

96  Cathy Corison was the first woman winemaker in the Napa Valley to own her own winery. She’s usually one of the earliest to pick, and her wines are known for their understated elegance. The wine comes from a vineyard (now owned by Corison) which the great winemaker André Tchelistcheff used to call a 'sunbasket'. The Cabernet is silky and exquisitely pure-tasting, with lively flavors evocative of fresh-chilled cherries and exotic spices. Wonderful structure and delineation, and very long.Karen MacNeil, 27 March 2019Vinous - explore all things wine
95  The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Sunbasket Vineyard is a new wine that emerges from a St. Helena vineyard that has long been a component in the Napa Valley Cabernet. Dark red cherry, plum, mint, rose petal and licorice give the 2014 its explosive, racy personality. Exuberant and racy, in style, the 2014 is a truly glorious wine that manages to be ripe and also retain notable freshness. This is a fabulous showing. Antonio Galloni, December 2016WINESPEED
97  From a vineyard in St. Helena (which the great winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff used to call a sunbasket) comes this exquisitely pure-tasting cabernet with flavors evocative of fresh-chilled cherries and lively exotic spices. Explosive yet beautiful and very long.Karen MacNeil, May 17, 2019