Cathy Corison's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard is one of the most surprising wines in this tasting, as I did not expect it to be so open and expressive. Made from diseased, head-trained vines just behind Corison's barn-like winery, the 2010 Kronos, is deep, savory and wonderfully expressive, with fabulous concentration and tons of depth. With air, some of the signature floral/savory/mineral notes come forward. Violets, lavender, graphite, licorice and blue/purplish fruits abound in a classically structured, pedigreed Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest level. The good news is the 2010 won't take as long to open up as I had initially thought. (AG)
It is easy to understand why Cathy Corison's Cabernets enjoy such an enthusiastic following. Her style, based in large measure on her preference for soils and sites she identified as best for nicely ripened grapes with a certain bright fruit balance, enable her to produce wines that are full of flavors and lower in alcohol than almost any other maker in the Napa Valley. In this wine, Corison offers an exceptional combination of exuberant fruit, admirable depth, layers of curranty, cherryish and roasted vanilla flavors and nicely mannered tannins. To say that the wine is tasty without being bold is to miss the point. Its flavors go on and on, and they build through the finish, yet there is not a hint of excess at any stop, and the wine is sure to age on its balance, complexity and underlying firmness rather than on the basis of large and palate-challenging muscularity. We know that the top Cabernets can last up to twenty years. This is such a wine. *Three Stars*
Very aromatic and pretty with blueberry, mineral and stone aromas that follow through to a full body, integrated tannins and a polished, refined finish. Pure fruit here. Drink or hold.
Saturated medium ruby. Cassis, blueberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and minerals on the nose, plus a whiff of creosote. Juicy, savory and tactile but very backward, showing no easy sweetness to its black fruit and mineral flavors. This is even less giving today than the Napa Valley bottling. Today the wine's powerful structure gives the finish a dry edge, but it appears to have the extract and intensity to reward extended cellaring. (ST) 91+
30-year-old vines on St George rootstock. Mid purplish crimson. Complex, non-flashy nose with aromatic herbs and real savour and attack. Nothing pushy here. Super appetising. Much more convincing natural acidity than most. 17.5/20 points. (JR)
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