2017 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1498678 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From benchland vineyards, the winemaker's perennial beauty of a wine is structured, evolved, graceful and complex, with powerful floral aromatics of rose and violet. Earthy and herbal, it tastes of rock and iron, with bright underlying invitations of cassis, tangy cherry and plum. This will do well in the cellar. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A succulent red with currants and fine, lightly dusty tannins. Medium to full body. Cedar and hazelnuts at the finish. Extremely refined and delicious. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A very fresh, pure, high-toned style, offering a pure, almost distilled essence of damson plum, black cherry and raspberry fruit laced with floral and black tea notes. Darkens up a little on the finish, with a lingering hint of wood spice. An alluring wine. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon “Napa Valley” bottling from Cathy Corison is excellent- no surprise there! This is quite a bit riper than the old school 2016 vintage, as the 2017 tips the scales at 14.2 percent octane, but still delivers all of the purity and elegant refinement one expects from Cathy’s cabernets. The youthful bouquet wafts from the glass in a blend of black cherries, cassis, cigar smoke, Rutherford Dust and a nice touch of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and already quite suave on the attack, with a lovely core of fruit, very good soil signature, ripe, beautifully integrated tannins and a long, nascently complex and very well-balanced finish. Given my palate predilections, it is obvious that I am more drawn to the freakishly classical, lower octane 2016 version, but this too is an absolutely superb bottle of cabernet in the making and all it needs is time in the bottle to blossom properly. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon slowly unfurls to reveal a beautiful nose of warm redcurrants, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles with an undercurrent of violets, fragrant soil and cinnamon stick. The medium-bodied palate is elegant and refreshing, delivering elegantly styled and yet wonderfully vibrant red and black fruits flavors, finishing with an energetic herbal lift. (LPB) 92+ Inner quote mark (10/2020)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A tense wine that needs time to unwind, this is based on western benchland fruit farmed and harvested for lithe elegance rather than effusive power. At first, it gives little aside from rose scents and some sappy rosewood notes. The fruit comes later as the tannins relent, offering black-raspberry and black-currant flavors that are clean and clear. Cathy Corison takes a long view on her cabernet, building finely structured wines to cellar. (JG) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark A little dialed back as is the wont of its maker and a Cabernet that runs more to claret-like finesse than one than emphasizes heady ripeness and lavish oak, Corison's latest nonetheless shows good fruity authority albeit in a careful, very well-balanced, near-cautious style. It is a graceful wine that will pair well with a wide range of foods, and, if not one with an overpowering presence, it is definitely varietal and continuous in taste with the temperate, fine-grained tannins in place to ensure a half-dozen or more years of steady improvement. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (8/2020)

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