2001 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml

2001 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml


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Cathy's Harvest & Tasting Notes Upon Release:
The 2001 Corison Cabernet is a beauty.  What has become clear to me over the years is that the most important factor in a great vintage is the weather during the ripening season;  the interval between veraison (softening and the onset of color development) and picking.  Warm days and cool nights result in the darkest color, the most complex flavors and the best balance.    The spare rainfall during the winter months favored a smaller than average crop, contributing uncommon intensity to the wine. 

Cool nights yielded a wine with inky color and a firm structure. It is the natural acidity in a wine that gives it the liveliness to be refreshing and the longevity to reward patient cellaring.  Fleshing out this sturdy framework are rich, complex flavors and aromas.  The red fruit notes include plum, blackberry and black cherry with hints of chocolate and a dash of spice for interest.  A beautiful floral perfume of violets and an unmistakable mineral quality, often called “Rutherford dust”, complete the package.  In short, all of the components converge in just the right place; everything is in balance.  This wine will enjoy a long, distinguished life.  

Cathy's Notes from 25 Vintage Retrospective Tasting, October 2014:
Bright, pretty, complex and layered with black cherries and blueberries, floral lift. Flavors follow with a mineral verve, cherries, blueberries and a hint of peppermint. Delicious. Wonderful brightness. LOVE this wine.                                                                     -


This takes a while to open up, but then reveals lifted blueberry and wild forest fruit. This has barely started on its journey: the tannins are still tight, and for now it shows rich, elegant and unforced fruit with glimpses of liquorice.                                                                                                    Anne Krebiehl, Decanter, December 2016

VINOGRAPHY: a wine blog

Dark ruby in the glass with a hint of garnet in the core, this wine smells of sweet cherry, cedar, and forest floor. In the mouth the wine has an incredible bright freshness still, with crystalline pure flavors of cherry, redcurrant, raspberry and plum skin. Gorgeous minerality and depth, as crushed stones and dried flowers and forest floor swirly in a powdery cloud of chalk-dust-fine tannins. Stunning length and acidity. A phenomenal wine. Poised and elegant, yet exuberantly joyous. This is what Napa Cabernet should be. 13.6% alcohol. Score: a perfect 10.                                                                                                Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, 6.27.2015

Time in a Bottle: Can Napa Valley Cabernet Age?
If you’re lucky enough to be in Napa Valley, pick up one of these wines... that are in the primes of their lives.  2001 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Supple, elegant, with fine-grained tannins… glorious: polished and elegant.                                         On Wine by Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal, onlinewsj.com, Nov. 21, 2014

Wine Country Eating, a sommelier's guide to eating & drinking well
Cabernet for Christimas: 2001 Corison Napa Valley.  Cathy Corison might just produce Napa’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon, period (Chappellet is another contender). That’s a bold statement considering all the legendary names and cult wines that come from the valley. While other producers might equate the level of oak to the level of quality and to the price, Cathy Corison bucked the trends in Napa and stuck to reliable formula—quality sustainably grown fruit with minimal intervention. 
                                                                                                                                                                                         Rick Bakas, Wine Country Easting, December 2013


Beautifully aromatic with a nice savoury, spicy dimension. The palate has lovely pure, fresh plum and blackcurrant fruit, with savoury, spicy tannic structure. Very well proportioned and balanced with nice minerality. Warm climate in style but still quite fresh. Beginning to start showing its best. 93/100        
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jamie Goode,  wineanorak.com, November 2009

Wine & Spirits Magazine
90 Pts, December 2005

Restaurant Wine
CORISON, 2001 NAPA VALLEY, $720  ($60)   
Very fine quality:  supple, rich and well balanced; a Cabernet with intense fruitiness (blackberry, plum), layers of complexity, and a persistent finish.  (2007-2011) 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Issue #103 October 2004

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
(90 Pts.) Outstanding. Medium red ruby….with plenty of nuance to it's aromas of currant, cherry skin, mint menthol, pepper and herbs; a rose note emerges as the wine opened in the glass. Suave classy and very laid-back offering a restrained sweetness… This elegant, classically dry Cabernet remained impressively fresh and useful for 48 hours in the uncorked bottle.                                                                                                        Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Issue 114 May/June 2004

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