2005 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is so balanced it hits the palate as impeccable and gorgeous. The flavors, of currants, cherries, vanilla and sweet oak, are only part of it. It is so dry, so richly structured in tannins and acids, so pure through the long, spicy finish, that it easily deserves its high score. Will age well for up to a decade.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby-red. Musky aromas of dried cherry, cedar, fresh herbs, incense and tobacco. Dense, juicy and fine-grained, with lovely verve to its delineated flavors of raspberry, spices, loam, leather and herbs. Finishes ripe and long but delicate, with nicely integrated acidity, understated sweetness and fine tannins that dust the front teeth. Mouthfilling cabernet without any undue weight, a bit in the style of the '08. 92(+?) points.
Nicely proportioned and remarkably polished for such a young Cabernet, this well-balanced bottling achieves a fine sense of refinement and steps away from the crowd of very ripe, oak-driven wines. Very long on the palate and showing a spine of fine-grained tannins, it will unfold and deepen over another half-dozen years or more of cellaring even though will be altogether drinkable in the near to mid-term.
One of the San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2008: "Cathy Corison coaxed a smoky, anise-tinged effort from the 2005 vintage. Balanced, fresh and ripe, with sweet black fruit, plum graphite and a big grippy finish, very much in line with her more structure, firmly tannin and ageworthy approach." (12/08)