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"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. (2015-2026) 93 December 2014"
International Wine Report, TOP 100 Wines of 2014 98 points
#2 - CORISON Cabernet Sauvignon, Kronos Vineyard 2011
Cathy Corison's 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet releases are absolutely incredible, highlighted by this stunning Kronos Vineyard Cabernet. While many winemakers across the Valley struggled with the extended, cool growing season in 2011, these conditions played right into her hand of producing classic, pure and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine instantly bursts open with delicious fresh cassis and blackberries followed by spring floral, graphite hints of exotic spices and a lovely mineral character. It possesses wonderful finesse and balance along with beautiful polished tannins that carry the wine into the finish. I can't say enough about the brilliant job Cathy Corison has accomplished in 2011, this is simply a gorgeous wine that is delicious today and will continue to evolve for well beyond a decade. (Best 2015-2030) 98 Points November 2014 (JD)
Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, deep, intense, spicy, red currant and black cherry fruit aroma with hints of dried, herbs, vanilla, and graphite; full body; tight, firmly structured, dark berry fruit flavors with good depth and firm acidity; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows good balance and potential elegance that will come with further bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 13.0% alcohol; 512 cases; 100% CS; to be released May 2015. Volume 41, January 2015
Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences
Exceptional 2011 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Kronos ($150): The aromas of olive, mint, and a faint tea note add depth to dark dried-cherry fruit.
Volume XVIII, Issue 39, November 13, 2014
Long and cool, 2011 was a challenging, but ultimately rewarding vintage. Ending with a big dose of rain, this season played handily into my style, favoring an elegant and refined expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. On well-drained, gravelly benchland soils, Kronos Vineyard promotes early ripening, shining in years such as this. A scant crop of scraggly clusters with tiny berries resulted in a wine of uncommon depth and concentration. ~ Cathy Corison
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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