Corison

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.41389 ratings
9.4448 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

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 somewhat 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.

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 somewhat 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.

Dec 16th, 2018
Garrett Cosenza

The last of the 01. @Cathy Corison thank you for bringing this light into the world.

The last of the 01. @Cathy Corison thank you for bringing this light into the world.

Dec 9th, 2018
Darin Kendrick

From magnum

From magnum

Nov 24th, 2018
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.5

From magnum for Thanksgiving. 25 years old! I love magnums, they age so magestically.

From magnum for Thanksgiving. 25 years old! I love magnums, they age so magestically.

Nov 24th, 2018
Fredrik Finn

Outstanding power is hidden underneath its youthful facade, it needs time to evolve, either in the decanter or cellar. It shows a dense fruit profile, ripe but with a vibrant backbone, evolving complexity that developing through a long finish.

Outstanding power is hidden underneath its youthful facade, it needs time to evolve, either in the decanter or cellar. It shows a dense fruit profile, ripe but with a vibrant backbone, evolving complexity that developing through a long finish.

Nov 6th, 2018
Gina Shay

Needed decanting. Opened up Day 2. Corison style evident 13 years later.

Needed decanting. Opened up Day 2. Corison style evident 13 years later.

Aug 21st, 2018
LM Segal

So beautiful and clear in its purpose, titillating on the nose and fulfilling its promises beyond. Balanced and velvety dark red fruit, hints of black tea and cassis but all in a more Old than New World Gestalt. Lots of secondary stuff emerging you just want to sip it slowly. If anybody wonders how well these age, track one down, it’s so worth it. Kudos @Cathy Corison for making this distinctive and enduring bottle!

So beautiful and clear in its purpose, titillating on the nose and fulfilling its promises beyond. Balanced and velvety dark red fruit, hints of black tea and cassis but all in a more Old than New World Gestalt. Lots of secondary stuff emerging you just want to sip it slowly. If anybody wonders how well these age, track one down, it’s so worth it. Kudos @Cathy Corison for making this distinctive and enduring bottle!

Aug 10th, 2018
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.3

Absolutely gorgeous tonite. Fresh, vibrant and full of life. Terrific.

Absolutely gorgeous tonite. Fresh, vibrant and full of life. Terrific.

Feb 8th, 2018
MICHAEL COOPER

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

9.3

#corisonwines #napavalleycabernet blackcurrant, plum jam, brownie, dust, ash medium+ well integrated alcohol.

#corisonwines #napavalleycabernet blackcurrant, plum jam, brownie, dust, ash medium+ well integrated alcohol.

Aug 30th, 2017
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.4

Thanks @Cathy Corison for this fantastic, balanced, dark fruited Napa Cabernet! At 13.6%, the 2nd glass was better than the first. I loved this with burgers!

Thanks @Cathy Corison for this fantastic, balanced, dark fruited Napa Cabernet! At 13.6%, the 2nd glass was better than the first. I loved this with burgers!

Aug 1st, 2017