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.
Grapes sizing up on 48 year-old Kronos vine
We finished removing lateral shoots in the fruit zone on the morning-sun side of the vine, and are now on to the afternoon-sun side, where we are removing 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. We also spend July watching the berries size up, in anticipation of veraison in August, when they turn from hard and green and photosynthesizing like a leaf, to soft and blue-black. The ripening season begins as the grapes start to accumulate sugar, flavor and color. Toward the end of veraison, we will take another pass through the vineyard, dropping any green clusters that are lagging behind their cohorts. This promotes evenness, which allows us to pick uniformly ripe fruit in the fall. We hope for typical summer heat, with highs in the low 90’s, and cool evenings in the 50’s, as we march along toward harvest!
In the cellar we are blending the 2018. We just released the 2018 Corazón Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, a serendipitous byproduct of our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. We are gearing up for our fall Wine Club shipment of the 2016 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, offering the option to customize with a selection of library re-releases.
Cathy Corison is honored to be nominated again for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Producer!
Our Corazón Rosé is a serendipitous byproduct of our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. Juice, "bled" as the grapes were crushed, was fermented in small French oak barrels to total dryness. Aging in barrel on primary yeast lees for six months gave this rosé a creamy mouthfeel, breadth and gravitas.
The jewel-like, pale salmon color is a delight to the eye. Aromas, including dried rose petals, jump out of the glass. Bright and rich at the same time, complex flavors include Bing cherry, red currant and plum. Snappy acidity keeps it lively.