2006 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
...elegant and sophisticated in the Napa style. The tannins are soft and melted, and the flavors offer immediate rewards of blackberries, cherries, currants, cassis, anise and smoky oak. Will develop bottle nuances over the next eight years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright, full ruby. Spicy dark plum, redcurrant and cherry aromas complicated by menthol, lavender and leather. In a very closed stage today, with moderately sweet bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors currently muted by an impression of slightly tart acidity. The finish is reasonably long but distinctly medicinal today, with an obvious herbal element. Will this expand with time in bottle? Corison normally picks her cabernet during the second or third week of September, but in 2006 the harvest was nearly a month later. 89(+?)? points.
Wine & Spirits
An unusually heady vintage of Corison, this is a robust red mixing high-acid notes of ruby red grapefruit with superripe flavors of peach. Approached from a different angle, the flavors read as herbal cherry with a slight volatility. Whichever way you look at it, this needs some time to meld. When it does, it should marry well with slow-smoked pork ribs.
In this outing, the Ms. Corison's clear penchant for elegance and understatement is once again clear, but leanness inherent in the 2006 vintage is made all the more evident by the style. Not at all massive, but still very tight and a little tart at the edges, this is a nervy wine with a real need to relax, and it promises to soften if not fully flesh out in four or five years.
93 points Richard Jennings: "Opaque purple red violet color; tart black fruit, pencil lead nose; tasty, elegant, tart plum, black fruit, pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish." (8/21/2011, RJonWine.com)