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2002 Corison - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (St Helena)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 80 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 83538-2002-375-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 80

    Dry, herbal and chalky, with gritty dried currant, dried cherry and berry flavors that turn dusty and austere, with more tannic strength than needed. Drink now. 600 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Good deep red-ruby. Captivating, complex nose offers cassis, licorice, pipe tobacco, bay, rosemary and a resiny perfume; reminded me of Leoville-Las Cases. Large-scaled and wonderfully aromatic on the palate, with superb sappy concentration and depth. This is downright sweet for a Corison cabernet but it comes across as quite young today owing to its energy. Really saturates the mouth on the back end, with the fruit blowing past the fine dusty tannins. For a big, round cabernet, this finishes with a magically light touch and a real whiplash of flavor. A great vintage for this wine, still with many years ahead of it.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Self | Rating: 92

    #wine Dark, cherry & wood notes w/ smooth tanin finish. Paired w/ seared rack of lamb.
    Author: McGowan Cellars
Winegrower Cathy Corison produces artisan Cabernet Sauvignon from great benchland vineyards between Rutherford and St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The estate vines of Kronos Vineyard, one of the oldest Cabernet vineyards in Napa, surround Corison Winery in its Victorian-style barn. Farmed organically and growing on gravelly loam soils, the gnarly old vines produce small yields and wines of uncommon concentration and refinement. They are juicy with blackberry and plum fruit, enhanced with a mineral note and violet perfume. Corison's wines are noted for their consistency and impeccable balance, powerful and elegant at the same time.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 77 bottles owned
  • 37 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 37 collectors)