After the release of Corison’s 25th anniversary vintage, we think it is safe to say that no American winemaker has stayed as true to their core philosophies as Cathy Corison. The 2011 vintage celebrated the 25th anniversary of Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, our second vintage working with Cathy, and for us to share this celebratory bottling in South Carolina was something that we will never forget. Corison is the only Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon producer in our portfolio and it is going to stay that way.
Cathy began her winery in 1987 and has spent over 40 years making wine in Napa Valley. Her winery was constructed in the style of a barn by her husband and is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. There is nothing like standing on the upstairs porch of Cathy’s winery overlooking her backyard, Kronos Vineyard; a vineyard which breathes life from the ground as if the sun was shining up as much as it is shining down. Cathy makes two Napa Valley Cabernets. Her Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of three vineyards, two of which she owns. All fruit for the second bottling comes from Kronos Vineyard. Her winemaking style is simple and consistent. If you haven’t tasted Cathy’s wines before, you must, they are simply ethereal.
“These benchland vineyards are located between Rutherford and St. Helena, where deep, stony alluvial soils provide ideal growing conditions for the Cabernet vine. These vines regularly produce some of the most concentrated and superbly ripened fruit anywhere.
My philosophy is to make complex wines that walk the fine line between power and elegance. I employ time-honored winemaking techniques, using only small French oak barrels sourced from several forests for complexity. Mine is a hands-off approach to winemaking; it is my job to let the vineyards speak.”
– Cathy Corison