Winegrower Cathy Corison produces artisanal, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon that speaks of place, sourcing great benchland vineyards between Rutherford and St. Helena. We invite you to experience a unique glimpse inside a small, family-owned working winery the next time you are in the Napa Valley.
As we pause to catch our breath after the late 2018 harvest crashed right into the holidays, we are struck by the beauty of the dormant, gnarly old ladies that are Kronos Vineyard. The mustard shines when the bright sun peeks through the clouds after frontal passage. It's been raining all winter and the soils are soaking up the moisture to carry the vines through the long dry summer ahead.
Our benchland vineyards are what make our Cabernet so special. "Benchland" is winegrowing jargon for the alluvial fans that spread out from the western hills. These loamy soils have good water-holding capacity, but are mixed with lots of gravel and cobbles to render them extremely well-drained. The hot summer days in "Sunny St. Helena" coupled with the cold nights the fog ushers in create ideal conditions for growing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, year in and year out. Daytime heat ripens the grapes and lignifies the seeds for velvety tannins, and nighttime coolness promotes inky color and complex flavors and slows the degradation of natural acidity. The result is ripe, juicy wines with classic structure.
Cathy Corison was in Chicago in May, honored to be a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional. Nearly half of the James Beard Foundation Award finalists were women this year! That’s a big deal.
Photo opportunities abound at Corison Winery in the winter. It’s a lovely time to visit, with mustard blooming, clouds rolling across the bright blue sky, and no summer traffic. Join us for our Corison Library Tasting, featuring the 2015, 2014 and 1999 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, and the inaugural vintage of our newest estate wine, the 2014 Corison Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
Or select our Collectors Vertical Tasting, which “offers Cabernet lovers a rare opportunity to taste wines from across the span of four decades.” (Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes.com, Visiting Napa: Where to Drink Wine and Stay Right Now ) This tasting is an in-depth exploration of vintage and terroir. Call or email to make your appointment.