2012 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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2012 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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WINE: Cathy Corison studied at UC Davis in the 1970s and went on to make wine for (now famous) Cabernet producers such as Chappellet and Staglin Family Vineyards. Her first vintage of Corison was in 1987. “There was a wine inside me that needed to be made,” she said. Cathy herself has made every single bottle of Corison ever since. Her style is very much an elegant, non-invasive style, allowing the grapes a medium in which to express themselves. The label depicts a symbol of growth, with a seed and rain. This pays homage to symbols found on vases during excavations of sites where European wine making first began. 

PLACE: Located at the tip end of the Rutherford AVA (American Viticultural Area) in Napa Valley, Corison’s Napa Valley vineyard is technically in the St. Helena AVA. But the wines still show notes of “Rutherford dust”, a signature note of the Rutherford region. Cathy does not state the AVA on the bottle simple because she was there before they existed. 

PAIRING: This elegant Cabernet shows notes of dried herbs, lush cherries, a graphite-like minerality and the classic Rutherford dustiness. The wine is very well structured and can age for decades to come. However its tannic structure is not overpowering, especially with a juicy steak by its side.   

TAKEAWAY: Corison is a true example of a “Napa Valley classic”. They’ve got the style and history to prove it.

                                                                                                                         

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