TN: 2016 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

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TN: 2016 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

#1 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » September 16th, 2020, 4:40 pm

  • 2016 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (9/16/2020)
    Normally the single vineyard/reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is a step up in richness/extraction from the basic Cabernet. In this case the Kronos is a big step up in refinement, and that's from one of the most refined "basic" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons. There's a subtle fruit sweetness that pegs it as a Napa Cab, but the mid-palate and finish are about layers of complexity, woven together like a needlepoint on fine silk. The bumps of the stitches are the tannins, with the entire piece stretched across the frame. It's in a state of tension right now, tannins and acidity volleying with the fruit in an evenly matched game. The oak is a supporting player, along for the ride, but never driving. Balance and elegance are the key words, and a long life is ahead of the wine. Outstanding.
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Re: TN: 2016 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

#2 Post by Joshua Kates » September 17th, 2020, 3:43 pm

Great note, David,
I've only had the Kronos, and in fact any Corison, in older vintages, but your note makes me want to seek some bottles of this out.
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#3 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » September 17th, 2020, 4:04 pm

Joshua Kates wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Great note, David,
I've only had the Kronos, and in fact any Corison, in older vintages, but your note makes me want to seek some bottles of this out.
I rarely say that wines at this price point are worth it, but this is worth it.
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#4 Post by Chris Atkins » September 17th, 2020, 4:14 pm

These are really well made but last I checked it was like a buck seventy five. Uggghh, tough Purchase to justify. It’s a pass here. Sadly there are so few Napa Cabs that are this good, but reasonably priced.

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#5 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » September 17th, 2020, 5:14 pm

Chris Atkins wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 4:14 pm
These are really well made but last I checked it was like a buck seventy five. Uggghh, tough Purchase to justify. It’s a pass here. Sadly there are so few Napa Cabs that are this good, but reasonably priced.
The “basic” Napa Cabernet is still an amazing wine. I thought the Kronos was a price too far until I finally tasted it.
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Re: TN: 2016 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

#6 Post by Chris H. » September 17th, 2020, 5:16 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Chris Atkins wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 4:14 pm
These are really well made but last I checked it was like a buck seventy five. Uggghh, tough Purchase to justify. It’s a pass here. Sadly there are so few Napa Cabs that are this good, but reasonably priced.
The “basic” Napa Cabernet is still an amazing wine. I thought the Kronos was a price too far until I finally tasted it.
How does the Kronos compare to the Napa Cab? I've never had Kronos or Sunbasket, but have enjoyed many vintages of the Napa (probably consumed too early).
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#7 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » September 17th, 2020, 5:19 pm

Like I said in my note, it’s a significant step up in refinement. The style is the same as the Napa Cab.
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#8 Post by Chris H. » September 17th, 2020, 5:24 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Like I said in my note, it’s a significant step up in refinement. The style is the same as the Napa Cab.
Sorry, I totally blanked on your note above--I do enjoy your tasting notes, btw.

Appreciate it!
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#9 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » September 17th, 2020, 6:06 pm

No problem. I blank on my notes all the time.
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