Red

2016 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena

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Community Tasting Note

  • tphilca wrote: 87 points

    December 29, 2019 - I've collected Corison wines for over ten years and to my palate, this one is the most controversial edition from what is widely considered a great Napa cab vintage. This note is based on a single bottle so it's possible it was just a bad one but it did not taste corked or otherwise flawed. It seems that the goal with this wine was to make Bordeaux from California when prior vintages were clearly Napa Cabs with a Bordeaux sensibility. At present, the palate is thin and watery with tart and almost non-existent fruit. There is some fruit on the nose, but very subdued, even after 4+ hours. The wine is mildly tannic with a very short finish at the moment. I just don't see where this wine is going when compared to prior more fruit driven vintages. I think the best bet is to treat it like a true Bordeaux and cellar for 10 more years with the hope that secondary flavors develop. In my opinion, they went too far here with the 13.1% alcohol early harvest and created a truly old world wine when prior Corison Napa's were still very enjoyable in their youth or 10+ years on. Fingers crossed on my remaining bottles!

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  • oldwines commented:

    12/29/19, 8:07 PM - To me this wine is more like the way Cathy made wine for years before the drought years of the recent past when there was no choice but to make them more fruit forward. 2016 is in many way a return to the past as I see it. Definitely a wine for the cellar not for current drinking. Cheers!

    “oldwines” aka Dave
    www.dtpwineadvisors.com

  • tphilca commented:

    12/30/19, 1:24 PM - Hi oldwines. Many thanks for the note. That's really encouraging news to hear. I've had many great bottles of Corison from '01 to now (both the Napa and Kronos) and have really enjoyed the cross between California and Bordeaux flavors. Good to hear that this is likely a return to the past and there's hope for the wine to come around in time. I'm putting in a dark corner of the cellar and will check in on another in 2026. Cheers!

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