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.