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.
And it’s a wrap! The grapes are all in and vintage 2019 has finished primary fermentation. During the first few weeks, the fermenting wine was regularly pumped over the cap (skins). Cathy carefully controlled the temperature to extract all the good stuff from the skins, including color and flavor.
Once the wine is fully dry, the skins are pressed, gently extracting any remaining wine. Some of the lots remain in the tanks for maceration, where the wine is in contact with the cap for another couple weeks before pressing. This process helps create that lovely Corison Cabernet mouthfeel.
After pressing, the new wine is put down to French Oak barrels, half new each year. During 22 months of aging the oak notes dovetail seamlessly with the evolving Cabernet flavors. All these details contribute to our signature power and elegance.
2016 was a nearly perfect growing season with early heat in April to get the vines going, then moderate weather in July and a very cool August. Uncommonly cool nights promoted inky color and good natural acidity. A gentle late heat spell in September brought in the grapes in ideal condition.
The 2016 Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon aromas jump out of the glass, including wildly complex Luxardo cherry, black raspberry, plums, blueberries and baking spices. Grace-notes include violet perfume and star anise. Rich and full in the mouth, the velvety but grippy tannins and bright natural acidity give it structure. Characteristic minerality completes the tasty package.