Saline, great minerality, multi-layered a good but not great bougros very enjoyable wine but not a great specimen — 3 days ago
On the nose, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries and baked strawberries on the glass edges. Smokiness, savory meats, limestone minerals, crushed dry rocks, hints of white & black pepper, dark spices, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, black licorice, bay leaf, used leather, dry tobacco, some graphite, dark rich soils, steeped fruit tea, alcohol vapors, dry stems, dry top soil with blue flowers, violets and lavender.
The body is medium just edging full. Tannins are; round, dusty, tarry and 50% resolved. The length & balance are good but, the tension, structure and body are leaner compared to stronger Napa vintages. This is a consistent theme I’ve experienced in 2010 Napa Cabernets. The initial mouth entry is good but goes hollow in the mid palate but, comes back on the long set. Ripe & juicy blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries and baked strawberries on the glass edges. Smokiness, savory meats, limestone minerals, crushed dry rocks, hints of white & black pepper, dark spices, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, caramel, mocha powder, black licorice, bay leaf, used leather, dry tobacco, some graphite, dark rich soils, steeped fruit tea, touch of hot alcohol on the palate, dry stems, dry top soil with blue & dark red flowers, violets with lavender. The acidity is quite nice. The long, ripe, juicy, elegant, well balanced finish lasts minutes due to the dark spice as it rests on the palate and brings a little heat.
Photos of, Corison Winery, Owner/Winemaker Cathy Corison tending her vines, signage with beautiful spring flowers and Estate vines.
Cathy was one of first female Winemakers in the Napa Valley. I was told once she was the first. However, having asked her, she said, “no.” She certainly was either the second or the third though. — 11 hours ago
Checking in on this bottle tonight, it's been a little over three years (37 mo) since our last taste. It will be paired with a beautiful Bolognese sauce which has been gently cooking for most of the day. I'm not sure which I'm more excited for tonight. 🍷🍝
Color is intense purple, with red-brown edges, almost too dark to see through.
Nose has plum/fig jam, under-ripe cherry, aroma of recently picked strawberry, muddy Earth and light toasted barrel.
Palate is full of dark fruits, plum, black cherry, blackberry, prune, hint of mocha and faint red pepper. Tannins are softening but still present, not obtruse. We're saving most of this for tomorrow, not sure it'll be much more accessible this evening, notes will be updated.
24hr Update: Earthy plum and black cherry make a bold show on the nose. Palate is still consistent with earlier notes, but the red pepper note has faded fully away. Great bottle, likely not to make it another day. — 7 days ago
At the Downs Club Magnum Christmas Dinner. In this case me holding a 6 Litre Methuselah or Imperial as it is also known of Eldertons Best Cuvée - the Command Shiraz. A very generous gift from Cameron Ashmead of the Ashmead Family , the owners of Elderton for the support and business from the Club. Barossa Valley royalty was mentioned in a previous note and it applies here in spades. Rich dark chocolate and earthy berry aromas. A flat out delicious palate with soft resolved tannins and oak influence judiciously used. Will live for years particularly in an Imperial. A treat to taste this - thanks again Cameron. — 13 hours ago