2011 Corison "Kronos Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1208863 95 points John Gilman

 I know that the 2011 vintage of north coast cabernet sauvignon was not particularly popular in many circles, but I have found this cooler vintage utterly captivating at most of my favorite estates and fully expect it to be the great sleeper vintage of its era. The 2011 Kronos Vineyard bottling from Corison is a bit lower in octane than most vintages, coming in at an even thirteen percent, but the wine has a very dynamic personality on both the nose and palate and is going to be absolutely stunning with sufficient time in the cellar. The bouquet is extremely precise and nascently complex, delivering scents of black cherries, dark plums, tobacco leaf, classy soil tones, cigar ash, allspice, hints of violet and a discreet framing of cedary new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tightly-knit, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, seamless tannins, excellent acidity and lovely backend soil signature on the very, very long, vibrant and complex finish. Though the 2011 Kronos is still a very young wine, it is already showing some lovely, old vine backend sappiness that is going to define this wine when it is ready to drink! (Drink between 2027-2070).  (5/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Dark red cherries, plums, freshly cut flowers, mint and spices lift from the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos. In 2011, the Kronos is especially aromatic and lifted in style. Hints of kirsch and lavender add nuance on the delineated, layered finish. (AG)  (9/2014)

92 points James Suckling

 This is really showing well now with blueberry, black berry, salt and white pepper character. Medium body, firm tannins and a savory finish. Lemon and mineral undertones. Drink now.  (1/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Very much hewing to the subdued, firmly built style championed by its maker and adored by her fans, the 2011 Kronos gets high marks for varietal precision and unwavering focus, and it once again proves that Cabernet Sauvignon is capable of richness and wide-reaching range without needing to flex its big muscles. As is the norm, it steers clear of high ripeness and, in this vintage, shows an edge of green tea to its quietly confident, curranty fruit. Its filling fits its trim frame, and its many pieces are seamlessly joined and, while finesse rather than unbridled power is its forte, it still wants some five or six years of cellaring before showing all that it has. *Two Stars*  (4/2015)

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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.


- 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.
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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.