Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
9.3 out of 10 based on 149 user ratings.

Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

9.3149 ratings on Delectable
$84.99

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David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

On the nose, stewed fruits of; black plum, blackberries, dark cherries, plum and blueberries. Mocha, chocolate, mixed berry cola, sweet spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, loamy mineral soils and dry dark florals. The mouthfeel is less concentrated than other vintages of Corison but that's indicative of the 10 Napa vintage generally. The tannins are nicely resolved with another 5-8 years before they are completely resolve. The fruits are; dark cherries, black plum, plum, black raspberries, blackberries with strawberries that dance around the rest of the fruit. There's nice barrel toast, vanilla, nutmeg, light clove, cinnamon, touch of wood shavings, liqueur notes, caramel, mocha chocolate, mix berry cola, loamy soils, dry crushed rocks, bramble, dry stems with nice soft round acidity. The finish is a little lean but tasty. Good balance of fruit and earth with long, rich elegance. Cathy slightly overachieved the 10 vintage as a whole. Photos of; her estate building, Cathy in her vineyard, grapes coming in at night (better to harvest when the fruit is cooler) and her estate vineyard in all it's glory. Producer notes and history...Cathy Corison grew up in Riverside, California. She studied biology at Pomona College and was on their men's diving team, because the school didn't have a women's team. In 1972, she had to take an extracurricular class. She signed up for a trampoline class, but changed her mind upon seeing a sign-up sheet for a wine tasting class. This class was the catalyst that sparked her interest in winemaking. After graduation in 1975, she moved to Napa Valley in California. She received her Master's degree in Enology from University of California, Davis. Upon moving to Napa, she started working in the tasting room at Sterling Vineyards and at a wine shop. During this time, she was getting her Master's degree at the University of California, Davis. She was told by her professor that she would not get a job in Napa Valley because of being a woman. However, if she wasn't the first Napa Valley female Winemaker, she was certainly one of the first. She tried to get a job at Freemark Abbey and was denied because they believed she could not work in the cellar. She almost took a job at Christian Brothers in the enology lab. However, she decided to take the job and in 1978 she became an intern at Freemark Abbey and eventually became their Winemaker. She joined Chappellet in 1983 and was their Winemaker for nearly ten years. She founded Corison Winery, in 1987. The winery is located in St. Helena, California in a barn built by her husband, William Martin. Corison makes Cabernet and Gewürztraminer. They produce about 3,500 cases a year depending on the vintage. The winery makes a Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and as well as a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Kronos is an estate wine that is made from organic grapes. The vineyard is dry farmed. The grapes come from one of the oldest vineyardsin Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Cabernet comes from Rutherford. The Gewürztraminer is called Corazón and comes from the Anderson Valley.

On the nose, stewed fruits of; black plum, blackberries, dark cherries, plum and blueberries. Mocha, chocolate, mixed berry cola, sweet spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, loamy mineral soils and dry dark florals. The mouthfeel is less concentrated than other vintages of Corison but that's indicative of the 10 Napa vintage generally. The tannins are nicely resolved with another 5-8 years before they are completely resolve. The fruits are; dark cherries, black plum, plum, black raspberries, blackberries with strawberries that dance around the rest of the fruit. There's nice barrel toast, vanilla, nutmeg, light clove, cinnamon, touch of wood shavings, liqueur notes, caramel, mocha chocolate, mix berry cola, loamy soils, dry crushed rocks, bramble, dry stems with nice soft round acidity. The finish is a little lean but tasty. Good balance of fruit and earth with long, rich elegance. Cathy slightly overachieved the 10 vintage as a whole. Photos of; her estate building, Cathy in her vineyard, grapes coming in at night (better to harvest when the fruit is cooler) and her estate vineyard in all it's glory. Producer notes and history...Cathy Corison grew up in Riverside, California. She studied biology at Pomona College and was on their men's diving team, because the school didn't have a women's team. In 1972, she had to take an extracurricular class. She signed up for a trampoline class, but changed her mind upon seeing a sign-up sheet for a wine tasting class. This class was the catalyst that sparked her interest in winemaking. After graduation in 1975, she moved to Napa Valley in California. She received her Master's degree in Enology from University of California, Davis. Upon moving to Napa, she started working in the tasting room at Sterling Vineyards and at a wine shop. During this time, she was getting her Master's degree at the University of California, Davis. She was told by her professor that she would not get a job in Napa Valley because of being a woman. However, if she wasn't the first Napa Valley female Winemaker, she was certainly one of the first. She tried to get a job at Freemark Abbey and was denied because they believed she could not work in the cellar. She almost took a job at Christian Brothers in the enology lab. However, she decided to take the job and in 1978 she became an intern at Freemark Abbey and eventually became their Winemaker. She joined Chappellet in 1983 and was their Winemaker for nearly ten years. She founded Corison Winery, in 1987. The winery is located in St. Helena, California in a barn built by her husband, William Martin. Corison makes Cabernet and Gewürztraminer. They produce about 3,500 cases a year depending on the vintage. The winery makes a Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and as well as a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Kronos is an estate wine that is made from organic grapes. The vineyard is dry farmed. The grapes come from one of the oldest vineyardsin Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Cabernet comes from Rutherford. The Gewürztraminer is called Corazón and comes from the Anderson Valley.

9.2

Gary Westby Delectable Pro

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

Thanks @Cathy Corison for this fantastic, balanced, dark fruited Napa Cabernet! At 13.6%, the 2nd glass was better than the first. I loved this with burgers!

Thanks @Cathy Corison for this fantastic, balanced, dark fruited Napa Cabernet! At 13.6%, the 2nd glass was better than the first. I loved this with burgers!

9.4

Beau Carufel Delectable Pro

Winemaker/Owner Random Wine Company

This is fantastic. Ripe but balanced, tannic but that works. I would call this classically styled, Old Napa. Just gorgeous.

This is fantastic. Ripe but balanced, tannic but that works. I would call this classically styled, Old Napa. Just gorgeous.

9.3

Jeff Burrows Delectable Pro

Evergreen, deep red fruit and a whisper of green pepper way in the background. Not afraid to show those tannins. Well deserved accolades

Evergreen, deep red fruit and a whisper of green pepper way in the background. Not afraid to show those tannins. Well deserved accolades

9.2

Tom Riley Delectable Pro

375 ml. To put it in technical terms, this wine is really tasty. If Cabernet was always like this I would drink it more often. Fruit, acid, tannins, alcohol - everybody is playing very nicely with each other. Corison Cabernet is such a special delight. So good. So so good.

375 ml. To put it in technical terms, this wine is really tasty. If Cabernet was always like this I would drink it more often. Fruit, acid, tannins, alcohol - everybody is playing very nicely with each other. Corison Cabernet is such a special delight. So good. So so good.

9.4

Michael Solway Delectable Pro

A benchmark bottling indeed. I am loving the 2010.

A benchmark bottling indeed. I am loving the 2010.

9.5

Marc Stubblefield Delectable Pro

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

Yes, this is a good recipe for Napa Cab. Amazingly balanced and of modest proportions, the Prince Charming in a room full of loudmouth buffoons. #kogodwinemerchant

Yes, this is a good recipe for Napa Cab. Amazingly balanced and of modest proportions, the Prince Charming in a room full of loudmouth buffoons. #kogodwinemerchant

9.1

Charlie Abbott Delectable Pro

Sommelier Casa Mono

First Corison experience! Rich, darker fruits laced with a brooding herbal element. Savory, bigger but balanced. Slightly corked, but still very enjoyable. Thanks, @Cathy Corison!!

First Corison experience! Rich, darker fruits laced with a brooding herbal element. Savory, bigger but balanced. Slightly corked, but still very enjoyable. Thanks, @Cathy Corison!!

9.2

Bertus van Zyl Delectable Pro

Assistant Winemaker Regusci Winery

Aging so gracefully

Aging so gracefully

9.2

David McCarus Delectable Pro

Founder McCarus Beverage Company

Such an epic vintage to begin the journey with. The sexiest of plum on the nose. Kochere Ethiopian coffee bean, herbs, dark fruit on the palate

Such an epic vintage to begin the journey with. The sexiest of plum on the nose. Kochere Ethiopian coffee bean, herbs, dark fruit on the palate

9.5

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