Antonio Galloni 93+
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is drop-dead gorgeous. An intense, reticent wine, the 2010 is endowed with serious density, depth and structure. This is one of the most powerful, tightly coiled wines of the year. It will require considerable time in bottle but all the elements are in the right place. Plums, iron, cloves, violets, licorice and smoke all flesh out on the firm, structured finish. This is a fabulous wine with a great future, a superb effort from Cathy Corison."
The International Wine Report 95
"The 2010 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon is a classy display of Napa Valley Cabernet. It opens up with dazzling aromas of fresh blackberries and cassis which are followed by gorgeous floral, dusty mineral and a touch of herbs that resonate through this wine. This Cabernet shows remarkable purity, structure and finesse with fine tannins, which work their way into the long, pretty finish. A simply outstanding wine from Cathy Corison. (Best 2016-2028) - November, 2013 -(JD)."
"2010 Corison, Napa Valley 2010 18.5 (95). Seamless integration, with bright, juicy red and black fruit, ripe tannins, refreshing acidity and moderate alcohol. Layered and complex, unfolding with each sip. Drink2013- 2023 Alc 13.8%"
California Grapevine 92
"2010 Corison, Napa Valley shows medium -dark ruby with a purplish tinge; attractive, forward, fragrant, cassis, black cherry, and blueberry fruit aroma with herbal notes and a hint of violets; medium - full to full body; rich, spicy, dark cherry and berry fruit flavors that are well balanced and firmly structured; medium - full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. While very appealing to taste now the wine deserves another three to five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 13.6% alcohol; 1,800 cases; 100% CS; released September 2013. (My Score: 92)"
Stephen Tanzer 91+
"Good bright medium ruby. Blackberry, cassis and licorice on the nose. Tightly wound but not hard, with a slightly high - toned character, subtle sweetness and strong energy to the intense black fruit and licorice flavors. Densely packed, taut wine with a long, suavely tannic finish. This will require at least five to seven years of bottle aging upon release."
Cathy Corison's 2010s are drop-dead gorgeous. Readers who appreciate classically-styled Cabernets will not want to miss these superb wines. According to Corison, the main challenge in 2010 was dealing with a heat spike that was particularly brutal, not so much because of the extreme temperature that day (between 106-115 degrees), but rather because the vines simply weren't prepared to deal with the heat given that the year had been quite cold up until then. Sunburn was an issue in some spots, especially on the morning side, and the vineyard was picked in several passes.
I handcraft my Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, without compromise, from some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley - a region that is among the best places in the world for making Cabernet. These benchland vineyards are located between Rutherford and St. Helena, where deep, stony alluvial soils provide ideal growing conditions for the Cabernet vine. These vines regularly produce some of the most concentrated and superbly ripened fruit anywhere.
My philosophy is to make complex wines that walk the fine line between power and elegance. I employ time-honored winemaking techniques, using only small French oak barrels sourced from several forests for complexity. Mine is a hands-off approach to winemaking; it is my job to let the vineyards speak.
- Cathy Corison
A Life of Wine
With tenacity and determination, Cathy Corison has forged a life of wine that has spanned more than three decades, transcended formidable challenges and surpassed her wildest dreams.
Cathy discovered her passion for wine while pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biology at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Inspired by the notion that wine is "alive at every level," she went on to receive a Master's in Enology from U.C. Davis in the mid 1970's.
Many years of winemaking for others, including Chappellet Vineyard, Staglin Family Vineyard, York Creek Vineyards and Long Meadow Ranch, honed her skills and left her eager to express her own winemaking voice. In 1987 she made the first vintage of Corison Cabernet. "There was a wine inside me that needed to be made", she says. The harvest of 2011 marks Cathy's 25th vintage of Corison Cabernet!
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Cathy Corison produces a limited quantity of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, hand-crafted without compromise from some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley. They are all located along the western benchland centered around Rutherford where deep, stony alluvial soils promote the ideal growing conditions for the Cabernet vine. These vines regularly produce some of the most concentrated and superbly ripened fruit anywhere.
Many years of winemaking for others, including Chappellet Vineyard, Staglin Family Vineyard, York Creek Vineyards and Long Meadow Ranch, honed her skills and left her eager to express her own winemaking voice. In 1987 she made the first vintage of Corison Cabernet. "There was a wine inside me that needed to be made", she says. The harvest of 2011 marked Cathy's 25th vintage of Corison Cabernet!
Farming Practice: Practicing Organic