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.
Flowering 48 year-old Kronos grapevine
The skies cleared and weather warmed just in time for flowering this year, so we’re hopeful of a good set and plentiful crop in 2019. We’ve made two passes through the vineyard so far, removing suckers, which are the shoots growing where we don’t want them. This clears out the canopy to allow light and air into the fruit zone. After set is complete we’ll go through again, this time removing all lateral shoots in the fruit zone on the morning-sun side of the vine. On the afternoon-sun side we will remove laterals more selectively to avoid sunburn from the intense heat of the setting sun. Our goal is to manage the environment around the developing fruit. Air, sunlight and heat promote healthy, dark and delicious fruit with velvety tannins.
The St. George rootstock just planted at Kronos Vineyard and next to Sunbasket Vineyard are pushing bud! They’ll grow all summer and into the fall, establishing extensive root systems in preparation for budding Cabernet Sauvignon on top next year.
We’ll be bottling the 2017 Cabernets the first week in June to clear the cellar, making space to welcome the new 2019 wines in the fall. Bottling is the most challenging thing we do all year. Luckily it only takes a week. The 2017 Corazón Gewürztraminer was just released, in time to enjoy at your summer barbeques.
Cathy Corison is honored to be nominated again for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Producer!
The 2015 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is #22 on Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s list of Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2018! These are “wines that, while currently delicious, would benefit from being forgotten for some time in a cool, dark place in your home… the most cellar-worthy wines on the market… So seek these beauties out, stash them in your cellar and reap the benefits of a delicious pour in the years to come.” www.winemag.com