2014 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 375 ml

2014 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 375 ml

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Harmony and unity define this vintage.  With a year in the bottle, the 2014 is beginning to blossom. A warm spring, following one of the driest winters on record, got the ball rolling early with the set of small, concentrated berries. Moving into summer, the remainder of the season was moderate, giving us the long, cool season I hope for. Leaning more toward the darker end of the Cabernet fruit spectrum this year, the wine exhibits plum, black raspberry and blackberry aromas and flavors while maintaining the red cherry core typical of Corison Napa Valley Cabernet. Hints of exotic garrigue include savory thyme, rosemary, violet and rose scents. Minerality adds verve, and top notes of smoke, baking spices, cedar and dark chocolate complete the kaleidoscopic complexity.     
                                                                                        -Cathy Corison   

Reviews:

Decanter 
Vintage Report: California Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
95   Another classic, displaying a pretty bouquet of black cherry… cocoa nib and dried rose.  On the palate the wine is intense, nicely concentrated and texturally refined, with good depth and a lovely line of bright acidity which lends a crunchy edge to the fruit.  Drink 2020-2040.     William Kelley, September 2017

vinous - explore all things wine

92  The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is dark and powerful, with serious intensity…  The effects of the drought are felt in the wine's concentration, and yet all the elements are in the right place. Dark red cherry, plum, licorice and menthol infuse the creamy, voluptuous finish. Deceptively medium in body, the 2014 packs a serious punch. Even so, it will drink well with minimal cellaring.     Antonio Galloni, December 2016

International Wine Report
CORISON Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014
95  Cathy Corison has been on an absolutely incredible run as she is producing some of the most compelling and consistent Cabernet Sauvignon in all of Napa Valley, and her 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is another simply outstanding effort. As this begins to open it releases a complex range of seductive aromatics, including blackberries and dark currants, which are woven together with spring florals, graphite, spices and crushed stones along with a lovely savory character all taking shape. This well-structured Cabernet continues to impress on the palate with its full-bodied, polished texture and remarkable overall balance and depth, which leads into the long, layered finish. While this is already showing plenty of early appeal, the 2014 is ultimately an age worthy wine, which will thrive in the cellar for well over a decade.     April 2017 (JD)

Restaurant Wine
**** The 2014 Napa Valley is velvety in texture and complex in flavor; a stylish, well balanced wine with medium richness and a very long finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of black currant, rose petal, cherry, spicy oak, and pepper.     Issues #172-4, July 2017   
                                                                                                                                 
California Grapevine
2014 Corison, Napa Valley – Medium-dark ruby; attractive, deep, fragrant, dark cherry, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of mocha and baking spices; full body; deep, rich, textured, red and black fruit flavors with good depth and concentration, herbal notes, and a bit tight on the finish; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves another three to five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.     Issue 43, May 2017       
                                                           
Wine & Spirits Magazine
Corison 2014 St. Helena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
93  A classical Napa Valley cabernet, this is bright, from its color straight through its taut line of cherry flavor. There’s an herbal aspect, bringing to mind lavender… spicy, clean and integrated. Firmly built, this is structured for long development in the bottle.     (8/17)

maker’s table
   Cathy Corison’s St. Helena Cabernet is always 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, but don’t think of it as standard-issue Napa Cabernet, because it’s never that; it has none of the burl or chew of its peers. Close your eyes, instead, and imagine a vaulted room streaked with afternoon sun that catches in glints on shiny knobs and candlesticks, washing scattered vases of roses and lilacs and spare cherry branches in diffused, Dutch Master light.
   Her 2014 Cabernet is one of her more floral offerings, its modest garnet color collared by a ruby rim. Its fragrance of roses, red currants, raspberries, and cherries is echoed on the palate. It’s flowery, ripe with sweet dusty berries, with a flame of acidity that sets the finish alight. As with all her wines, it is clearly made to age, and ten years or more of bottle bouquet will embroider it with tawny threads. Hold for at least five years, or pair it now with light meats and poultry. But really, hold it.     Meg Houston Maker, makerstable.com, August 1, 2017

View from the Cellar
92+  The new 2014 Napa Valley cabernet bottling from Cathy Corison smells fairly ripe for this cuvée when it is first opened, though the label comes in at the traditional 13.6 percent octane and the wine settles in nicely once it has had a chance to breath a bit. The bouquet is very expressive right out of the blocks this year, offering up scents of red and black cherries, a touch of blueberry, violets, cigar wrapper, lovely soil tones and a discreet framing of cedary new wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and still quite primary, with a nice touch of incipient sappiness at the core, fine-grained tannins and lovely length and grip on the very well-balanced and promising finish. This looks likely to be a very elegant rendition of the Corison Napa bottling in the fullness of time, but tuck this refined Rutherford Bench cabernet away for the next eight to ten years to allow the magic to unfold properly. 2025-2075.     John Gilman, Issue #69, May-June 2017

Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
* CORISON Napa Valley 2014  “Very much cast in the familiar and very temperate Corison style that favors structure and restraint over flamboyant ripeness and lavish oak, this fairly reserved, firmly built bottling keys on classic Cabernet currants with subtle suggestions of herbs and sweet spice sitting quietly off to the side. It is not overly astringent yet its nominal tannins and youthful tightness prescribe at least five years of age, and, given the winery’s track record for making long-aging wines, we would not be surprised if it continued to gain for a decade or more.     August 2017

JamesSuckling.com
CORISON CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 2014
93  Aromas of wet earth and spices with sweet tobacco and currants. Fresh herbs. Medium body and ultra-fine tannins. Lively and bright. Better in 2020 but already a joy to drink.     January 27, 2017

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