We certainly count ourselves lucky to receive an allocation of Cathy Corison's spectacular Cabernet Sauvignons. We only wish we could get more, as they are gaining new fans every day and unfortunately, there is not as much to go around these days as there was a few years ago. Like all of Cathy's Cabernets, regardless of vintage "quality" this is another lovely, elegant wine that is showing beautifully now but will only get better with time in the cellar. As usual, she achieves just the right amount of fruit in balance with just the right amount of oak to make a truly graceful Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cathy is an extremely talented yet incredibly humble winemaker who has quietly been crafting some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley since 1986. So when she describes her own wines, it is not with hubris or arrogance, just a clear confidence in what she was able to accomplish. In her own words, "The 2017 speaks eloquently of its growing season with dense, rich, layered dark fruit flavors including black raspberries, dried cherries, dark plums, cassis and boysenberries, set off by the snappy natural acidity that is a hallmark of Corison Cabernets. It is wildly complex, with baking spice and anise notes joining dried Herbs de Provence and hints of peppermint. Floral perfume is already in evidence with rose petals, violets and lavender chiming in. It feels like silk velvet on the palate." - Cathy Corison