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.
The Autumnal Equinox seems a fitting time to announce that Kronos and Sunbasket vineyards are certified organic by CCOF! Cathy and William’s daughter Grace Corison Martin led the charge. We have always farmed using these sustainable methods, and are proud to support organics with this certification. “Our soils are wildly alive!” says Cathy Corison.
The season this year has been very long and cool, running almost a month later than usual. Shortening days are signaling the plants to hurry and finish ripening their fruit and setting their seeds. As winemakers, we too are interested in the lignification of the seeds, when they turn brown and woody, because it affects the quality of the tannins. Cathy and daughters Grace and Rose walk the vineyards every morning, monitoring the status of the vines and sampling every few to determine when to pick the grapes, tasting and checking sugar levels. With beautifully ripening grapes, we are excited to pick our first Cabernet Sauvignon on 24 September, and anticipate fruit coming in every few days over the next couple of weeks.
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Eric Asimov, The New York Times wine critic, includes Cathy Corison in his recent article, How the Most Delicious Wines Stay True to Themselves. He highlights “six producers who make glorious wines by following their own muse…The Corison wines are both of a time, and timeless.”
“My favorite wine producers look inward, not outward. They ask themselves, ‘How can I do my utmost to convey the character of this particular patch of earth?’ And they often conclude: ‘I’m going to make the wines that I like to drink. If nobody buys them, I’ll drink them myself.’”
The result of a nearly perfect, long and cool ripening season (and oblivious to the Covid chaos swirling around it), this wine is wildly complex with tart cherry, blueberry, red and black currants, raspberry, plum and boysenberry fruit, fleshed out with notes of baking spices and peppermint. The tannins are characteristically polite yet grippy. Mineral notes add lift and the evolving violet perfume is so pretty.
Decanter Magazine calls it “full-bodied, beautiful and restrained,” and Wine Enthusiast Magazine says, “Classic balance and a little restraint characterize this firmly structured, deeply flavored wine…”
In other news, Corison Winery has been named one of the 2023 Top 100 Wineries in the world by Wine & Spirits Magazine! We so enjoyed their October celebration in San Francisco, and look forward to joining them in NYC in February to introduce this wine.