2011 Corra Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1187509 93 points Vinous

 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)  (11/2013)

90 points 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)  (10/2013)

90 points 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)  (5/2014)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (10/2014)

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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.