2013 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Beautifully perfumed aromas of rose petal, violets, blackberry, dark chocolate and incipient cigar tobacco burst from the glass in a striking array, the prelude to a wine that’s structured around refined, savoury tannins and juicy acidity. An ethereal and classically proportioned Cabernet which will age effortlessly thanks to its flawless balance, likely putting on weight with bottle age. Terrific stuff; not to be missed.
A deep, inky wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is endowed with serious depth. Here the flavors are unusually dark and intense, with plenty of blue and black stone fruits. Graphite, cloves and licorice contribute to an overall impression of gravitas. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet needs time in bottle to truly shine. Hints of violet, lavender and plum add the final shades of nuance. All of the signatures of the vintage come through beautifully. The translucent, mineral-laced finish is especially appealing. Frankly, it's hard to put the glass down. Cathy Corison describes 2013 as an early year, but without excess heat, as her vineyards did not see a single day over 100 degrees. Cool nights helped establish color intensity, aromatics and encourage gradual physiological ripeness, all highly desirable attributes. In 2013, the Napa Valley Cabernet is a real overachiever, while the flagship Kronos is every bit as good as it can be. In keeping with the style of the year, the 2012s are more approachable, but even they need time. Corison remains a standard bearer among more classically leaning producers in Napa Valley. Her wines will appeal most to readers who like structured Cabernets. (AG)
A very minerally and subtle wine with blueberry, blackberry and lemon rind. Some saltiness. Full to medium body, balanced and refined. Delicious already but shows wonderful tension and finesse. Drink or hold.
Wine & Spirits
A comfortable approach to Napa Valley cabernet, this wine allows the region’s generosity to show through without any excess weight or aggressive tannins. It’s a light-bodied, red currant–scented cabernet, fragrant and clean, with a spark of acidity to balance the fleshy richness of the fruit. A juicy, mouthwatering wine for roast duck.
Very much adhering to the slightly lighter, less overtly ripe style that has always marked the Cabernets of Ms. Corison, the 2013 version is an incisive, fairly complex look at the grape that quietly shows off the grape's more elegant side. It requires no more than a few years of age to reach its approachable best, but it will hold up nicely for a good many years on the strength of its balance and careful composition.