Winegrower Cathy Corison produces artisanal, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon that speaks of place, sourcing great benchland vineyards between Rutherford and St. Helena. We invite you to experience a unique glimpse inside a small, family-owned working winery the next time you are in the Napa Valley.
Harvest 2021 was on the early side of normal. A cool August promoted great flavor development and firm natural acidity, and moderate heat in September brought the grapes home. Yields were way down due to scant rainfall and cold, wet weather at bloom, and flavors are juicy and complex.
After harvest, we turned our focus back to the soil. Great dirt makes great grapes and great grapes make great wine. In late September, we watered our vines as they gathered the last rays of autumn sunlight, storing the energy in their trunk and roots. We planted our covercrop before the first rains, careful to keep soil compaction to a minimum. Legumes in this covercrop fix nitrogen from the air, and oats create a support for those legumes, their roots aerating the soil and improving soil structure. This year we planted two types of mustard as well, and added compost to nourish the soil.
With more rain this fall – over 20 inches(!) – than in all of the 2020-2021 rainy season, this year is off to a great start.
In this 2 September Decanter Magazine article, North American trendsetters: five modern-day pioneers, Jordan Mackay introduces Cathy Corison, one of “five movers and shakers, setting the standard for modern North American wine”. “Cathy Corison… has achieved viral fame and influence by being decidedly anti-viral. Her secrets to success – beyond winemaking skill – are focus and integrity.”
Jordan highlights the 2017 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: “Rich and dark-fruited with violet high tones and earthy, stony base notes. It has a rich, mouthfilling texture with fine, polished tannins providing a bit of grip, carrying cassis and dark cherry notes deep into the finish.”
One of the wonderful things about wine is that it can speak of time and place! Explore the terroir and vintage expression of our estate Kronos and Sunbasket Cabernet Sauvignons. Though only a stone’s throw apart, slightly different soils and the vines’ different rootstocks, Cabernet clones, trellising and training, and vine age produce very distinct wines. Enjoy the 2016 and 2018 vintages of each wine to experience these differences and the fingerprint of the unique growing seasons. All the wines tasted will be available for purchase.
With sunny days in the forecast, this is a great time to visit. We are hosting most of our tastings outside on our covered crush pad, around cozy firepits with wool blankets. Choose from this new Estate Vineyard Tasting, Collector’s Vertical Tasting, or Library Tasting.