Collector's Vertical Tasting 6-pack

Collector's Vertical Tasting 6-pack


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Conduct your own Corison Collector's Vertical Tasting!  Spanning three decades and including three estate wines, this six-bottle set contains one each of the 1998 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2004 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2008 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Corison Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2016 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  These wines are shipped in a Corison wooden box.

Cathy's Tasting Notes:
Kronos Vineyard Cabernets are unique for their intensity of dark, brooding plum, cassis and blackberry fruit, floral notes on the nose and a wonderful broad, silky feel in the mouth.  Severe crop thinning at veraison in 1998 brought the maturity in the vineyard into a narrow range allowing us to pick at optimum, uniform ripeness.  The ripening season was long and cool allowing great complexity to develop.  The 1998 has delightfully layered earthy, chocolate, anise, coffee and tar notes to complement its juicy fruit flavors for a remarkably complex wine.

The 2004 growing season started very early in the Spring and included a cool, steady ripening period in the Fall. It ended with a very early harvest of extremely low yields resulting in exceptional concentration of the fruit. Pandemonium reigned for a brief time as Rose and Grace returned to school as the first grapes were picked.

This lovely wine is dark crimson in color with enticing aromas of dusty plums, wild cherries and candied violets. Its flavors are rich with red currants and cherries, hints of cassis, cocoa and nutmeg. Soft, supple tannins and a luscious mouth-feel complement its firm structure and moderate alcohol. With both power and elegance, it promises many years of enjoyment.

The wines are classic. Juicy and forward, the 2008 reminds me of the 2004. It has evolved quickly in the bottle with fruit flavors favoring the plum, cassis and blackberry end of the spectrum. Notes of cocoa and spice add richness. The feel in the mouth is silky and supple.

Long and cool, 2011 was a challenging, but ultimately rewarding vintage. Ending with a big dose of rain, this season played handily into my style, favoring an elegant and refined expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. On well-drained, gravelly benchland soils, Kronos Vineyard promotes early ripening, shining in years such as this. A scant crop of scraggly clusters with tiny berries resulted in a wine of uncommon depth and concentration.

Budbreak came early in 2014 due to a warm spring, and the vines set tiny berries following one of the driest winters on record. Moving into summer, the weather turned mild, giving us a perfect long, cool ripening season. The result was dark, concentrated wines that exhibit a singular gravitas. Our inaugural single-vineyard Sunbasket Cabernet Sauvignon 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. With more than a year in the bottle, this wine is blossoming into its first, fruit-driven peak.

Warm weather in April kick-started the nearly perfect season in 2016 on the early side, followed by a moderate July and very cool August. Typical of our autumn weather, a gentle, late heat spell brought the vintage home. There was nary a day over 100F from veraison through harvest, my favorite kind of season. Even more important than daytime highs, nighttime lows were downright cold all summer, preserving good natural acidity.

The 2016 Napa Cabernet reminds me of the 2014 with the volume turned up a bit. Redolent with bright red currant, blueberry, tart cherry and darker plums, cassis and blackberry fruit, it is wildly complex. The fruit aromatics are complexed by baking spices and floral notes including dried rose petals and violets. Varietal dried herbs add yet another dimension. An alluring yin of minerality and snappy natural acidity play off against the yang of a broad, luscious mouthfeel.


1998 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The New York Times:
"Worthy Splurge
: Cathy Corison Napa Valley Kronos Cabernet Sauvignon 1998.  A bad vintage?  Try this well-aged specimen and see if you don't think some beautiful Napa cabernets were made that year."The 12 Best Restaurants in New York for Wine, Eric Asimov, October 8, 20132004 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

VINOGRAPHY: a wine blog
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of black cherry and black plum. Cherry, plum, and graphite dominate the supple, gorgeous body of the wine. Notes of lavender and dried flowers linger in the finish with a bright, juicy citrusy quality that is deeply satisfying. Long and rich, yet bright and lithe at the same time. Fabulous. 13.6% alcohol. Score: between 9.5 and 10.Alder Yarrow,, 6.27.2015Jancis Robinson
Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Napa Valley  18.5  "Very dark crimson. Then lovely spreading gorgeousness with fine tannins and apparent Cabernet Franc refreshment effect on the palate yet mellow, fully ripe HAPPY fruit. Great balance. This is not desperately intense or hot or massive or tannic, it's just so gentle and harmonious. A fine riposte to high alcohol Cabs.August 8, 20082008 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

San Francisco Chronicle
Top 100 Wines of 2011 - 2008 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
"Cathy Corison's less-is-more approach is a pleasure to behold... The classic graphite, sandalwood, green olive and lively cherry and plum fruit keep evolving and deepening, so keep this bottle for a decade or more. Stunningly firm and aromatic."Jon Bonné, 4 December 2011The Wine Advocate
92  The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as very classic in its mid-weight body and flavor profile. Dark plums, herbs, cassis and tobacco are some of the aromas and flavors that emerge from this beautifully delineated, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon.... a wine that impresses for its understated finesse.Antonio Galloni, Issue #198, 12/23/20112011 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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93  Dark red cherries, plums, freshly cut flowers, mint and spices lift from the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos. In 2011, the Kronos is especially aromatic and lifted in style. Hints of kirsch and lavender add nuance on the delineated, layered finish.  (2015-2026)   December
18  Ruby-black core with ruby edges. Star bright in the glass. Fresh lifting aromatics showing notes of cedar, dried rose and potpourri. Exuberant, exotic flavours including notes of blooming roses, mixed dried citrus, and a cascade of mixed fruits. Accents of cedar and gunmetal with a background of white mushrooms show layers of complexity. This is a lovely, harmonious wine that is simultaneously finessed, exotic and nicely balanced – fine-boned and lengthy with ultra-fine-grained, persistent tannin. There is something incredibly fine and delicate here like bone china or antique lace while also full of beauty and presence. This is the most ethereal of the vintages tasted though I don’t mean by that to deny the real presence and still earthy elements throughout the wine. Lovely. A favourite. Those looking for the power and push easily possible with this variety will need to look elsewhere. This wine is all about delicacy, finesse and nuance. The size and weight of the wine is comparable to the 1996 but everything here at the same time actually feels finer boned – it would be easy to assume that implies less ageing potential for this vintage but there is such harmony of elements here that I’m inclined to give it just as much overall time as other vintages. To put that another way, the wine has the incredible elegance, and fineness of fine china, and fine china remains quite durable for decades (and as museums teach us, even longer) as long as we don’t drop it.  13%  Drink 2018-2034Elaine Chukan Brown for, 3/12/19

2014 Corison Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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 2016

2016 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

View from the Cellar
The bouquet is classic, wafting from the glass in a complex and very classy blend of black cherries, sweet dark berries, Cuban cigar wrapper, Rutherford dust, a deft framing of cedary oak and just a hint of eucalyptus in the upper register. On the palate the wine is extremely pure and focused, full-bodied and beautifully bound up in its sophisticated structural chassis, with a gorgeous core of fruit, great soil signature, ripe, buried tannins and superb length and grip on the seamlessly balanced finish. This is stunning juice…John Gilman, July-August 2019, Issue #82Wine Enthusiast Magazine
95 - Cellar Selection  …serious wine, complex and integrated, with intriguing aspects of leather, earth and truffle. Soft and supple, it shows a spiciness of clove and tart red raspberry and cassis, deliciously memorable in every way.September 2019