Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017

95 Wine Enthusiast | 94 James Suckling | 92+ Wine Advocate

“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.” -Wine Enthusiast

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Description

Country: United States

Region: California, Napa Valley

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Terroir: alluvial gravelly loam soils

Winemaking: sustainable wine producing; aged in French oak barrels after fermentation for 20 months

Since 1987, the Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has been sourced from three benchland vineyards located between Rutherford and St. Helena. In 2019 we harvested our 33rd vintage! “Bench” is grape-growing jargon for the alluvial fans emanating from the western hills. All three vineyards grow on Bale gravelly loam, the soils that put Napa Valley on the map. Loam holds enough water for the vines to grow through the spring and into early summer, but abundant gravel and cobbles allow the soil to drain well so that the vines run out of water at veraison, which marks the beginning of the ripening season. At veraison the grapes soften and the vines get busy, accumulating sugar and developing inky color and complex, red, blue, purple and black fruit flavors. The goal is to reach ripeness before sugars get too high, yielding delicious, balanced wine with moderate alcohol.

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Wine Enthusiast 95
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; enjoy best from 2027 through 2030.

James Suckling 94
A succulent red with currants and fine, lightly dusty tannins. Medium to full body. Cedar and hazelnuts at the finish. Extremely refined and delicious. Drink now or hold.

Wine Advocate 92+
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.

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