2009 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1116593 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Cathy Corison’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Corison is surprisingly deep, powerful and tannic. An exotic melange of dark cherries, plums, grilled herbs wraps around the palate. The 2009 is endowed with serious depth and tons of pure, unbridled energy. Mocha, espresso, menthol, and sweet spices all inform the warm, resonant finish. Readers will need to be patient with the 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. These are two drop-dead gorgeous wines from Cathy Corison, one of Napa Valley’s most overlooked winemakers. Stylistically, the 2009s are a bit bigger and richer than has typically been the case here. The 2009s may surprise long-time Corison fans for their size, but wines are impeccably balanced and pure.  (12/2012)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Long noted for wines of restraint and finesse, Corison has come up with yet another sleek and stylish Cabernet that is at once substantial and wonderfully polished. It offers layers of cassis, sweet oak and subtle dusty soil spice and is already surprisingly complex for the young wine that it is, and its lengthy finish is underscored by deftly placed, very fine-grained tannins. It will age gracefully by dint of its balance as much as by its richness, and it will last for many years.  (8/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a tiny vintage, with production reduced further by strict selection at the time of blending): Good bright ruby-red. Enticing aromas of cassis, game, leather and spices. Suave and round in texture, with an exotic quality to the dark berry and chocolate flavors. Comes across as riper than the 2010 version but this is nonetheless rather austere for this bottling. Finishes with dusty tannins and very good length. (Reprinted from Issue 162.)  (9/2012)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 A gracious red wine with sweet blueberry flavors cushioned by graphite-scented tannins, this takes Napa Valley cabernet in a different direction than the luxury cuvées and power wines. It’s gentle, with an herbal freshness, leaving room for food. Cellar it, or decant for roast leg of lamb.  (8/2012)

K&L Notes

San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "One sniff of wine from Cathy Corison, our 2011 Winemaker of the Year, and you're instantly reminded what Cabernet truly is. The 2009 is an exceptional version, full of mineral power, with nuance from pencil lead, chicory and tobacco, and tension-filled plum fruit that perfectly frames a gorgeous vintage."

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Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2013 | Send Email
Another of the handful of California Cab producers who manages to wow me. This is a bit bigger, initially, than a lot of Corison Cabs, but it still manages to deliver the balance and depth I've come to expect from the winery. Its nose blossoms with blackberry, cherry, plum, spice and herb aromas. Rather subtle on the attack, it gives way to crunchy mid-palate fruit, with vibrant acidity and tannins that are deftly woven through. This will be even better in a few years, and even better, my guess, in a decade.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.