2012 Corison "Kronos Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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)
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.
*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.
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)