2012 Corison "Kronos Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1254691 95 points Vinous

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos presents a more intensely mineral and savory profile than the Napa Valley, with the opulence of the vintage pushed more into the background. Dried flowers, iron, spice, leather and mint add nuance. Ideally readers should give the 2012 at least a few years in bottle. Although attractive, today the 2012 appears to be going through an awkward phase in which it is less expressive than it was at the outset. With time in the glass, the 2012 starts to open up, but it needs more time in bottle. The 2012 is a big wine, but it is also quite vivid, full of detail and nuanced. 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. 95+ (AG)  (9/2015)

94 points James Suckling

 Beautiful aromas of lavender, rosemary and black currants follow through to a full body with very pretty integrated tannins and a savory finish. It's cool, calm and delicious.  (7/2015)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Corison's flagship Cabernet from the Kronos Vineyard garners style points galore and proves that complexity and richness are not at all dependent on blustery ripeness. It leads with layered, deeply constituted aromas of cassis, cream and a touch of root-beer-like sweetness and follows with exquisite, wonderfully well-composed flavors that speak with quiet authority. It is moderately full-bodied but is graceful and impeccably balanced from entry to finish. Winery devotees who prize the estate's signature traits of refinement simply could not ask for more, and those who are unfamiliar with the Corison name are enthusiastically encouraged to make its acquaintance.  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Spiced blackcurrant and blackberry bramble freshly sprinkled with cocoa powder and anise served with a side of black tea and toast. Ultra-fine tannins couple with mouth-watering acidity and a dusty-rock minerality for a long, palate-cleansing finish. Nicely persistent flavour shown through natural concentration and a resulting freshness. Will no doubt age and evolve well in bottle. 18/20 points. Drink 2017-2030. (ECB)  (9/2016)

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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.
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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.
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California

- 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.