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.
Rodolfo and Manuel pruning with Marco Simonit
We finished pruning Kronos and Sunbasket Vineyards last week. It was our second year working with Simonit & Sirch, Italian pruning consultants. We have learned so much from them, always with an eye toward the longevity of our vines. Their pruning honors the vascular system of the vine avoiding excessive dead wood and fungal disease pressure. Due to the cold, rainy winter, bud-break is at least a couple weeks late. I expect we’ll see shoots in early April. That is welcome, as is lowers our risk of frost at budbreak and moves the ripening season later into the summer/fall, with better odds of avoiding extreme heat. The epic, historic rains are just what we need; we’re heading into the growing season with a full soil reservoir.
In the winery we’ll be racking the lovely 2018’s soon and getting the 2017’s ready for bottling in June. The 2018’s are very exciting. Reflecting the very cool ripening season, the wines are inky and complex - and plentiful, for a change. We are about to release the 2015 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, our 20th anniversary vintage! As it was a tiny vintage, it is only available to our club members - join now to receive some.
Cathy Corison is honored to be nominated again for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Producer!
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.