Mixed Case lot - please see individual item description
This lot contains the following items:
2001 Bell Wine Cellars Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2004 Clos du Val Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2004 Harris Estate "Lakeview Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2005 Clos du Val Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2005 Clos du Val Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir (qty: 3)
2005 Abeja Winery Columbia Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (qty: 3)
2006 Clos du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Franc (qty: 1)
2006 Frog's Leap Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (qty: 1)
2008 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 2)
2009 Corison "Kronos" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2010 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2011 Corison "Kronos Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos is bigger, richer and deeper than the straight bottling. Plums, black currants, cassis, tar and pencil shavings all come to life in this utterly vivid, large-scaled Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 Kronos is endowed with serious intensity, yet retains a pretty classic sense of structure. Violets, roses and flowers of all sorts wrap around the poised, beautifully articulated finish. This is a dazzling showing from Cathy Corison. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.
Medium ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of cassis, licorice, violet and herbs, with a strong mineral component contributing to the impression of purity. A step up in density over the Napa bottling but without any sacrifice of brightness. Finishes sweet and very long, with a serious dusting of tannins and excellent breadth. 92(+?) points.
Although she has found something akin to celebrity status in the eyes of those recently arrived to the dance who somehow think Napa Cabernets of refinement and nuance are new and revolutionary, winemaker Cathy Corison has for some time now been turning out balanced, well-focused wines such as this that steer away from high ripeness and blatant oak. If fairly tight and less than fully forthcoming at present, its flavors are constant and comfortably fruited, and its teasing touches of black olives, toasted herbs, dusty soils and graphite are signals enough that increased complexity and richness are the certain rewards for five or six years of patience.
Deep crimson. Very fine and svelte on the nose. So sumptuous and delightful. Gorgeous complexity without heat. Beautiful texture. Fine subtle tannins in reserve and truly beautiful. Cool, refined. I cannot imagine a better claret. 18/20 points. Drink 2014-2024.
Straightforward Napa Cabernet with blueberries, minerals and currants. Medium to full body with fine tannins and a clean finish. Corison always makes refined, drinkable [Cabernets]. Drink or hold.
Good bright medium ruby. Blackberry, cassis and licorice on the nose, plus a whiff of adhesive tape. Tightly wound but not hard, with a slightly high-toned character, subtle sweetness and strong energy to the intense black fruit and licorice flavors. Densely packed, taut wine with a long, suavely tannic finish. This will require at least five to seven years of bottle aging upon release.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is drop-dead gorgeous. An intense, reticent wine, the 2010 is endowed with serious density, depth and structure. This is one of the most powerful, tightly coiled wines of the year. It will require considerable time in bottle but all the elements are in the right place. Plums, iron, cloves, violets, licorice and smoke all flesh out on the firm, structured finish. This is a fabulous wine with a great future, a superb effort from Cathy Corison. (AG)
For over 20 years, Cathy Corison has sourced her Napa Cabernet from the same three vineyards, gravelly sites on the western benchland between Rutherford and St. Helena. This offers that area’s distinctly plush and gentle tannins in a Napa Valley Cabernet of the old school. It feels formal and reserved, contrasting fresh herbal notes of pipe tobacco and cedar with classic Cabernet flavors of red and black currants. Impeccably balanced, this has a scent that’s as compelling as any premier cru Pauillac, with the sunny profile of the Mayacamas benchlands. In other words, it smells pretty great, especially after it’s been open for a day. Built for the cellar, this will provide delicious drinking with roast lamb over the next ten years.
Very much hewing to the subdued, firmly built style championed by its maker and adored by her fans, the 2011 Kronos gets high marks for varietal precision and unwavering focus, and it once again proves that Cabernet Sauvignon is capable of richness and wide-reaching range without needing to flex its big muscles. As is the norm, it steers clear of high ripeness and, in this vintage, shows an edge of green tea to its quietly confident, curranty fruit. Its filling fits its trim frame, and its many pieces are seamlessly joined and, while finesse rather than unbridled power is its forte, it still wants some five or six years of cellaring before showing all that it has.
Dark red cherries, plums, freshly cut flowers, mint and spices lift from the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos. In 2011, the Kronos is especially aromatic and lifted in style. Hints of kirsch and lavender add nuance on the delineated, layered finish. Cathy Corison's 2011s are quite attractive. I expect the 2011s will offer good near and medium-term drinking, but my preference would be to not wait too long. Readers cellaring some of the more powerful, structured vintages such as 2010 should let those wines age and look to the 2011s for more immediate gratification.