The other day I visited three rather prominent Napa Valley wineries for a little Cabernet extravaganza. One house, dating back to the 19th century, has maintained a consistent record of long lived Cabs for nearly four decades. Another Estate has vaulted themselves into the upper eschelon within the last decade, particularly from stellar critic reviews, along with skyward prices to match. While all the wines tasted at the aforementioned Estates were solid if not nearly excellent, it was the Corison Cabernet that made me pretty much forget about the others.
The 2014 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is absolute sophistication. It begins with a stunning bouquet of florals, mostly violets and jasmine, along with deep red fruit and savory earthy elements. The tannins are pure velvet leading to a clean finish of lingering cherry and crushed wild berries. I cannot overemphasize the amazing texture and finish.
In relation to the 2013, I found the 2014 to be more feminine, whereas the 2013 reveals more brawn and grip. Both are classic!
These wines don’t get enough praise on this board, although I know there are many fans. If you haven’t before, try one with a little age on it. The 2004s and 2005s were outstanding - never had a bad wine from them. Thanks for the reminder to stock up!
I totally agree with Scott – but since the cat’s already out of the bag with this thread, here’s my contribution!
Everything Cathy touches is absolutely beautiful – and for years to come! So excited to hear the 2014s are continuing that tradition (although I would expect nothing less). I found the 2013 super delicate when I tried it at the winery in December, so now I’m intrigued by the '14s. Although knowing how these wines age, opening a bottle early is difficult to do!
The 2010 is the basic Cab and the 2012 and 2013 is the Kronos. Not sure I want to drop $175 on a wine I’ve never tried but would be willing to do the $80 for the cab. Is there a significant difference?
Can’t speak across the vintages, but tasting the 2013 at the winery, at least, the Kronos did not merit the price increase for me. A bit more tannin, a touch bit more concentrated perhaps; but the Napa Valley bottling was already so good I didn’t see a reason to spend the extra 60 per bottle.
Love me some Corison. In many ways reminds me of and plays in the same ballpark as Chateau Montelena and Forman…needs 10 years to even begin strutting its stuff, but plays ball with any and all in Napa cabs with the right age. Not something meant to be drunk under 8, and even really 10-12 years out. Glad to see this getting some press. And, couldn’t have nicer people running the show!