Tacking on a couple more points from my last bottle. This is a great expression of Cabernet with rich blackberry, camphor and pencil shavings. Richly layered and textured with a smooth balanced finish. Drink now-2030.
Cathy Corison's wines at Arlequin (Arlequin SF): A tough year - half the crop of ’05. Light acetaldehyde on the nose. Mushroom tones. Slightly stewed fruit with faint sweet stewed bellpeppers. On the palate, classic Corison: Medium body, medium alcohol [also 13.6%], excellent midpalate aromatics with sweet tobacco tertiary character, a hint of Brett spice, and light tones fresh wood (smells like smooth, fine-grained freshly-sanded wood to me) [French oak, 50% new]. Elevated acid and plush moderate-intensity tannins. Long finish. Score: Between 9 and 9.5 $125
Had with lamb. We like Corison because the wine goes well with food (no overpowering fruit or to much alcohol). This bottle had enough tannin to go a few more years, but it was excellent today. We put the wine in a decanter for about an hour, I would suggest another hour as it definitely opened up more as time went on.
PNP through a Vinturi. Restrained aromatics of Blackberry jam and currants. Ripe juicy fruit for a Napa Cab made in the classical style. Has a talcum, mineral vein that pushes through to the dusty benchland finish. Drink through 2025+
Opaque ruby/red and intensely aromatic, this 10-year-old Napa Cabernet offers black fruit, cocoa, spice box and tobacco on the nose. Full-bodied, fresh and fleshy on the palate, it struts ample sweet tannins and beautifully integrated alcohol (listed as 13.6%). The flavors are in line with the nose and the finish is very long. Confirmatory of my 10/1/13 tasting, this is one which should hold up well for several more years. Drink now-2023.
Riper and darker fruited than the brilliant 05, this is not quite as refined and doesn't have as much of the leafy quality thaI like so much in Corison cabs. Broad and relatively open for business, drink over the next 10 years.
Napa Valley Wine and Food Excursion; 9/30/2013-10/5/2013 (Napa Valley): Supple, rich and complex, this Cabernet displays elegance from start to finish. Opaque ruby in color, it follows with an intense nose of bramble fruits, cardamom, cocoa, black pepper and pipe tobacco. The wine is full-bodied and fleshy on the palate, with medium acidity, generous supple tannins and well-integrated alcohol (13.6%). The flavors mirror the nose and are nicely layered throughout the middle palate and lengthy finish. Extremely enjoyable now, this is a structured wine which should hold up well for another decade (or more). Drink now-2023.
Beautiful wine. This is near perfect, with a nice bouquet and smooth mouthfeel. Fruit was well balanced and not over the top. Typical classy Corison wine, drinking in its prime, but has several years ahead of it. If you're holding this, suggest opening a bottle. Decanted and consumed at Manny's steakhouse. EXCELLENT.
Napa Valley winery visits April 26: Aromas of anise, black fruit, peppercorn, roasted coffee, tobacco and earth- complex and drifting aromas. Dark fruit and espresso on the palate with mineral and lavender notes. Big round supple tannins, finshing full with cocoa and spice. Bold and elegant. Excellent. 93+
This was my first foray into Corison wines. I was looking for a restrained and traditional Cabernet, from an established winery, and reasonably priced. After researching, I ordered a 2004-2006 vertical of their cabernet, which was nicely packaged and promptly delivered last week.
Upon opening the bottle, and decanting, I could immediately pick up very complex aromas of dark fruit and spice. The nose on the wine was much better than the typical cabs I've had. Upon drinking, the wine tasted of warm berries, plums, and a spiciness to it, which was nice. There were very fine tannins on the back end of this wine, which suggested to me this could go another several years, but was extremely enjoyable now.
This wine, in my opinion, is as close to a traditional and wonderful Napa cabernet sauvignon as I could hope to find. We thoroughly enjoyed it - Corison has made us a fan. Enjoy now or cellar 3+ years. EXCELLENT.
Lots of cassis and black/ blue fruit that's not overly sweet. There's a fair amount of chocolate and osk spice but also some gravelly/ earthy flavors. The fruit is unmistakably napa but it's well balanced and not plush. The oak is well integrated texturally gives the wine a creamy feel. Tannins are fine grained but substantial and this is better with beef than alone. Drinking well in its adolescence but no rush here I think.
Don't have good notes on this. But lightweight, elegant with a good amount of vibrance and acidity left. Outstanding food wine for a California Cab, but also in balance enough that one can drink it on its own. No need to wait on this -should drink now. But there's no rush - definitely at least a year or two left for this wine.
So good. So much of what I love about Corison. Pure, delicious, dark Napa fruit with a little vanilla and touch of spiciness on finish. Not overdone or overbearing. Elegant. Excellent with food or by itself. The kind of wine you could drink and enjoy throughout an entire evening.
Tasted at the winery. Big aromas of cassis, plum, blueberry, vanilla, cedar and olive. Black currant and cassis on the palate with rocky mineral and blue floral accents. Just traces of oak. Elegant feel and weight. Fine/firm tannin and a full finish filled with floral fruit and dried herb notes. Excellent.
Loved the style here - ample dark fruit but very much in balance with the other elements. Enjoyed the first glass on its own, and the rest with grilled steak tips. Perfect food companion...wish I had a few more.
Decanted about an hour. Classic Corison, certainly still on the young side with gripping tannins. Classic Cali cab profile with some dustiness to it. Opened with some air but appears to have a long life ahead of it.
Decanted for 3 hours. Medium to dark ruby color. Cassis, licorice, dried herbs, blackberries, and hints of leather and tobacco on the nose. Medium body with ripe tannins that linger very nicely and good acidity. Not an over the top style of cab that is becoming the norm. Very worthy as a dinner companion. Very nice and refined on the palate with loads of flavor. Long finish with just the perfect amount of spicy oak to add complexity. Perfect tannins and acidity to cut through the richness of a medium rare roast beef. Wish this was a magnum, I want another glass.
Classic Corison with lush Cabernet fruit flavors and a long finish. Very subtle wine that excelled with our steaks. Smooth and easy to drink yet has an endless amount of secondary notes that just go on and on. Powerful nose with dark cherries and red raspberries and some light floral notes. For a wine with a great reputation for aging, there is no wall of tannins or need to long decant, this was great from the beginning, popped and poured.
what a delicious, smooth, well made, not too alcoholic, wine. It neede donly about 10 minutes in decanter to open up and smooth out. Unfortunately there was only one bottle at my store and no one else I have called (in three states) has any. robert parker's scores in high 80's confirm my growing negative opinion of his usefulness in judging wine I will like. or rather they confirm that i like wines best that he scores below 90.
well we certainly enjoyed it again tonight (11-24-2010) for a wine not ready to drink. I approve drinking it whenever you like.
But give it a little air. It keeps getting better.....
FYI: These are available from the winery. I ordered the "NY Times seminar" package, one 2000, two 2004's and a 2005. We'll see how they compare.
This was a beautiful and elegant wine. The wine had a deep red color and a nose of red and dark red fruit. The wine had great body and structure. On tasting it had dark plum, blackberries, licorice and spice. It had a good acidity and some grittiness with a long finish. Corison never disappoints, I am happy to have more.
Ruby red with a nice light ruby rim. Cassis, licorice, and blackberries on the nose with hints of chocolate, cherries, and dried herbs. Medium body with nice, ripe tannins and very good acidity. Not your usual "over the top" Napa cab, this is a nice, civilized, food friendly offering with generous fruit and just enough spicy oak on the finish to add complexity. This is real nice and I'll wait till the end of summer to sample another.
Wonderful old school wine. Remarkable for an 04 Cali Cab, all of the previous ones we have tried are SO fruit-forward, where this is so restrained and terrific with food. My first Corison, but certainly not my last!
Responding to Ben's question about the relative "weights" of the Corison Cabernet and the Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernets- Kronos Vineyard, my estate vineyard, is one of the last old Cabernet vineyards in the Napa Valley. Situated between Rutherford and St. Helena on the "bench" (alluvial gravelly loam, "Rutherford Dust"), it was planted in the early '70's, so is over 35 years old. Growing on St. George rootstock with pitiful yields (1.5 tons to the miserable acre, 13-year average) it produces wines of amazing color, complexity and intensity, all under 14% alcohol. As a winemaker, it is a gift. As a business, I don't know anyone else that would put up with it.
The Corison Cabernet has been sourced from the same 3 vineyards, also between Rutherford and St. Helena on the same soils as the Kronos Vineyard, for 23 years. I'm involved in the farming, but I don't own the dirt. They also yield wines that are both powerful and elegant, but with brighter, less brooding fruit. The vines are younger, as they have all been replanted due to Phyloxera. My guess is that they will produce more concentrated fruit as they mature. In California we have had very little opportunity to experience wine from old vines.
This, I would guess, has a touch of Franc to it. Witheld, restrained, and more elegant. The question I always have is why is this bottling so much lighter than the "estate" or Kronos bottle? In essance, if the estate style is elgenace and finesse, why is the sourced fruit and the grown fruit so different? Let's see if Cathy answers?!? Very pretty nose and quite in the claret style. Delcious. But at $70?
I had the opportunity to taste this at Corison today and was absolutely stunned by the flavor of this unexpectedly drinkable but young Cabernet. While the aroma was very faint to nonexistent, the palate was surprisingly rich, with flavors of cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Even though the alcohol was decidedly subdued (again, especially notable in a Cab of this age), the finish was delightfully long. Despite this not even being the winery's flagship Cabernet, I would say it is more refined and enjoyable than its counterparts at the perhaps better-known Duckhorn and Darioush wineries (which I happened to also taste today), and is on par with the 2004 Caymus Special Selection - not an easy feat!