1997 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 3.0L Painted Label

1997 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 3.0L Painted Label


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Cathy's Tasting Notes Upon Release:
The 1997 vintage is a fine jewel in a string of great vintages from the 1990’s.  A warm, early spring was followed by a moderate, even summer allowing the fruit to slowly reach optimal maturity.  Great structure and intensity are hallmarks of the vintage.     ~ Cathy Corison

Cathy's Notes from 25 Vintage Retrospective Tasting, October 2014:
Dark red to rim. Packed. Leather, tobacco, black olives, plum, cassis, violets. Wow. Juicy ripe red fruits in the flavors. Very well-integrated wood. Long finish.  A winery favorite at the moment. Power and elegance. LOVE. Drink or hold.


Washington Post

With all due praise to Diamond Creek and the many other extraordinary wines at the tasting, my personal favorite was the ethereal Corsion 1997 Napa Valley.  Winemaker Cathy Corison learned her craft making the muscular wines of Chappellet, but her own wines, lovingly crafted from vineyards located along the famed Rutherford Bench, draw their inspiration from the suavity of Margaux, the epitome of finesse.                                                                                             Ben Giliberti, March 24, 1999


San Francisco ChronicleTop 100 wines of 2001

Dense black currant and spice nose, smoky oak backnotes; rich textured, smooth and powerful.                                                                                                                        Gerald D. Boyd, November 4, 2001

Insiders’ Wine Line 

The 1997 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon has a bright, lush bouquet of black cherry, currants, blackberry, cigar box and vanilla.  The flavors of cherries/berries, mint, chocolate, licorice and faint herb notes are very concentrated with good depth followed by a rich, fruity, spicy finish.      Volume 4, Number 2, 2001


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Dark ruby in the glass, this wine smells of bright cherry and citrus peel, dried flowers and dried herbs. In the mouth fantastically bright and juicy cherry, redcurrant and raspberry flavors mix with dried herbs and a forest floor earthiness that is quite compelling. There's also a slight saline, green herbal quality to the wine that accompanies the fantastic acidity. Great length and depth, and phenomenal balance achieved in a year when many wines were over the top. 13.2% alcohol. Score: between 9.5 and 10.                                                                                                                   Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, 6.27.2015


John Winthrop Haeger

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 (Corison) - Saturated deep black-red; herbal and tobacco aromas; on the palate, simultaneously bright, silky, dark and serious with a sweet-savory impression; cranberry, dark cherry, bay laurel and tarragon; fruit dominates the attack, then the wine’s herbal side prevails from mid-palate to finish; a bit of soft grip at the end, plus a kiss of mostly-integrated vanilla.  Lovely.                                                                                                                                                         reviewed 2010