2009 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
*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.
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.)
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.
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."