2009 Kronos Cabernet 1.5L

2009 Kronos Cabernet 1.5L


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A third year of drought kept the crop size down in 2009. Mild, relatively cool weather during the growing season was followed by a moderate September and cold October, making for an uncommonly long ripening season. Resulting flavors are wildly complex with juicy fruit flavors ranging from black cherries and plums all the way to black currants and blackberries. This wine is very concentrated but is light on its feet at the same time. Baking spice and chocolate notes complement a floral perfume of violets, lavender and rose petals in the aromas. Signature Kronos Vineyard minerality wraps the package.
                                                                                                                                                     ~ Cathy Corison


Vinography:  a wine blog
Icon Wines of Napa:  A Tasting   2009 Corison "Kronos Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa:  Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of violets and cedar and forest floor. In the mouth the wine is bright and juicy with cherry and licorice on top of a beautiful deep earthy mineral core. Fabulous acidity and length, not to mention a gorgeous texture. 13.1% alcohol. Score: around 9.5.                posted by Alder Yarrow on October 23, 2013, www.vinography.com

Corison, Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Napa Valley:  Kronos vineyard planted 1972. On St George rootstock. This wine was on the list of all seven tasting moderators who came up with their top 15 Cabs as the basis for the selection in this California Summit tasting.

Inky with dark cherry rim. Dusty overlay. Spice and dark fruit on the nose but does not smell especially ripe because not particularly sweet on the nose but on the palate there is remarkable dark elegance and even a touch of red fruit character in its freshness. Finest dry tannins. Ripeness combined with ripe acid from a very hot part of the valley. 'One hardworking woman in a barn', is how Karen MacNeil described Cathy Corison. With time in the glass, a fragrance of red fruit starts to emerge. So elegant.  (19 points; top wine in tasting)             2 Dec 2013 by JH

The Wine Spectator

90 pts. Fresh aromas of blackberry, current and raspberry are pure and focused, presented on a beam of flavors.  Firms and retains its fruity profile even as a touch of crushed rock folds in on the finish.  Drink now through 2024. 
James Laube, Wine Spectator, June 30, 2013
The Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009
It is easy to understand why Cathy Corison's Cabernets enjoy such an enthusiastic following. Her style, based in large measure on her preference for soils and sites she identified as best for nicely ripened grapes with a certain bright fruit balance, enable her to produce wines that are full of flavors and lower in alcohol than almost any other maker in the Napa Valley. In this wine, Corison offers an exceptional combination of exuberant fruit, admirable depth, layers of curranty, cherryish and roasted vanilla flavors and nicely mannered tannins. To say that the wine is tasty without being bold is to miss the point. Its flavors go on and on, and they build through the finish, yet there is not a hint of excess at any stop, and the wine is sure to age on its balance, complexity and underlying firmness rather than on the basis of large and palate-challenging muscularity. We know that the top Cabernets can last up to twenty years. This is such a wine.                                  
Reviewed: April 2013

The Wine Advocate
96 pts. The 2009 Kronos Cabernet Sauvignon is bigger, richer and deeper...Plums, black currants, cassis, tar and pencil shavings all come to life in this utterly vivid, large-scaled Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 Kronos is endowed with serious intensity, yet retains a pretty classic sense of structure. Violets, roses and flowers of all sorts wrap around the poised, beautifully articulated finish." This is a dazzling showing from Cathy Corison.  Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.           
Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #204 , December 2012

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