Cathy Corison's wines at Arlequin (Arlequin SF): Dark ruby in the glass. On the nose, overripe cherry with faint brett spice. In the mouth, classic Corison: Medium body, medium alcohol [also 13.6%], excellent midpalate aromatics with a hint of Brett and well-contained tones of fresh wood (smells like smooth, fine-grained freshly-sanded wood to me) [French oak, 50% new]. Balanced acid (moderate - not as elevated as the others) and plush moderate-intensity tannins. Long finish. A cool year - they picked a month later than usual. Score: Between 8.5 and 9. $100
Not up to the 2005 or some recent vintages. A little heavy on the oak and tannins and light on the acid. Consequently, the fruit is a little mushy. I'm a big Corison fan and this vintage disappoints in its lack of structure. Of course, in being picky. It's still a very nice wine. Just not what I expect from Cathy's wine.
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