2011 Corra Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Corra's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon captures both the essence of the house style and the vintage. Tobacco, savory herbs, leather and dark fruit all inform a textured, inviting Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with class. The 2011 will drink well on release and for at least another handful of years beyond. The aromatics are savory and floral, but the expression of fruit is pure Corra and pure Celia Welch. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Celia Welch's own wines include the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is one of the finest efforts in this complicated vintage. A multi-appellation blend, it exhibits a dark ruby/purple color along with sweet notes of espresso roast, Asian plum sauce, black currants and hints of bay leaf and toast. Medium-bodied with silky tannins, despite being 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and an elegant, supple style, it should drink nicely for a decade. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Cassis, dark raspberry, licorice and bitter chocolate aromas are lifted by a note of violet. Nicely rich and creamy for the year, with enticing rocky pungency to the flavors of cassis, blueberry, graphite, bitter chocolate and wild herbs; spices and violet emerge as the wine opens in the glass. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and very good length. Very Cabernet, and a very successful wine from this cool year. (ST)
Pleasantly rich and earthy, with dark berry, graphite, black licorice and dusty, cedary notes. This is more complete than most 2011s, but the austerity of the fruit is consistent with the vintage.