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1996 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2004 - 2013 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 33

  • Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 10, 2022 - This was really odd when first poured - pruney and dirty but with an hour or two It started to come into its own. Dark fruit and very spicy. Classic Napa notes. Cassis, black cherry, a hint of coffee or mocha. Florals and a bit of sweet oak, good energy. Lots of finesse in the palate with sweet fruit and a light feel. Spicy. Finish starts sweet dark and spicy - it Dries out a bit as it progresses. Sam and Matt zoned in and nailed as restrained style Napa Can with Sam finally guessing 93/95 Corison! Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5-5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2= 16.5-17.5/20. Thanks Dad!

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  • vmancuso47 wrote:

    October 10, 2021 - Remarkable smoothness and life for a 25!year old Cabernet
    Purchased in 1998 or 99. Have one left
    Will hold onto it for a comparison after aging

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    1996 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
    SKU #301145
    Price: $129.99

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    94
    John Gilman

    The 1996 vintage produced a small crop, due to problems at flowering, and first half of year was hot; cooler days and nights from veraison forward made the vintage into an absolute classic. This was the 10th Anniversary bottling for Ms. Corison and the wine is aging beautifully, wafting from the glass in a blossoming constellation of black cherries, cassis, cigar smoke, Rutherford Bench spice tones redolent of allspice and nutmeg, incipient notes of chipotles and a discreet base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure, with a lovely focus and balance, a fien core of fruit, moderate tannins and excellent length and grip on the complex finish. Starting to drink well today, the 1996 Corison cabernet sauvignon will continue to age gracefully for another thirty years. (Drink between 2015-2045)

    (05/2017)

    94
    Wine Enthusiast

    Smells very fine and pure. Classy black currants and toasty oak rule. Flavors are opulent, rich, ripe but very balanced. Gorgeous tannins; soft and accessible. Defines style and grace.

    (02/2000)

    90
    Wine Spectator

    Marked by a supple, cedary core of spicy cherry, plum and currant, picking up complex anise, tar and oak, finishing with supple, polished tannins. A wine of richness and finesse. (JL)

    (09/1999)

    K&L Notes click to collapse contents
    Tenth vintage of this wine! Dense, rich, delicious, and limited. You may not want to wait too long if you're interested in this one. From Owner and Wine Maker, Cathy Corison: "The 1996 Corison Cabernet is graced with a label commemorating our tenth vintage. Spring that year was very wet, causing considerable shatter at flowering which resulted in a fairly small crop. Though it started with a very warm spring and hot summer, 1996 made a turn for the better at veraison (berry softening and color change, when ripening and flavor development begins). The nights got cold and the daytime temperatures moderated, yielding a wine with remarkable concentration and color. Dark red fruits including plums, black cherries and blackberries dominate the jammy aromas and flavors with loads of spice and hints of vanilla, chocolate and anise adding complexity. The texture is lush with soft, round tannins. Our trademark floral perfume of violets is beginning to emerge. This wine promises many years of enjoyment."

  • Schwarzer Hund Likes this wine:

    January 19, 2021 - Garnet red, opened 60 minutes before dinner, nose of black cherry and black currants, medium weight with dense cherry and currant fruit, some light spice and leather, perfect balance, long smooth finish. As usual, a beautifully crafted wine from Corison. We plan to drink our last bottle in 2-3 years. Served with grilled hanger steak.

  • Baron Slick wrote: 94 points

    January 13, 2021 - From magnum. Bottle and cork in perfect condition. This epitomizes the level of dimension and complexity that Cathy Corison's deft hand provides. Black cherry, cassis, leather, and cinnamon bark bouquet showed touches of tobacco, eucalyptus, and tilled wet soil. Full bodied, savory, and long, the wine kept unfurling and evolving, with impressive richness and concentration to the dark fruit flavor profile. Closed the deal with tremendous balance, structure, and vitality. Absolutely beautiful.

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2017, Issue #69, Cathy Corison’s Cabernet Sauvignon The Rutherford Bench at Its Very Finest

    (Corison Winery “Napa Valley” Cabernet Sauvignon) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Corison
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Code 091882800352

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  • In Cellars 377 (61%)
  • Consumed 240 (39%)

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