Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Corison

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
  • £212

150cl magnum

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Cathy Corison is undoubtedly one of the most influential winemakers in Napa Valley. With a hands-off approach to winemaking, she lets the wine do all the talking. This winery holds a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the best cabernet sauvignons that represent the heart of the iconic Napa Valley. The standout 2020 vintage from the Saint Helena AVA is no exception. Garnering a remarkable 96pt score from Wine Enthusiast, 94 pts from Decanter and 94 pts from James Suckling, this complex Napa Cab offers a symphony of aromas, with black cherry and cassis taking centre stage.

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
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After many years as one of the few voices for restraint in Napa Valley, today Cathy Corison is rightly recognised as being among the region's finest winemakers. Over the past forty years Cathy has never wavered from producing the style of Cabernet that she loves. It is this commitment to…

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96 pts - Wine Enthusiast

"Savoury and complicated in saline, woody notes of cedar and dry tannin, this old-school wine is dark and structured, aged 20 months in French oak, half of it new. Brooding black fruit and clove give it an edgy richness that is restrained and balanced by underlying acidity." 

94 pts - decanter

"Alluring aromas of dark cassis, graphite, cedar and wild herbs. It has a striking depth with layered flavours and texture, and while restrained now it is incredibly well-built and in need of time in the cellar to fully shine. Reveals subtle hints of fresh black and blue berries, currants and dried herbs tinged with red florals. Finishes with polish, energy and poise." - Jonathan Cristaldi

94 pts - wine spectator

"A very fresh, floral-laced style, offering a bright beam of cassis and plum gelée laced with flashes of violet, hibiscus and rose petal. Nicely grounded through the finish, with alder and warm earth hints filling in. Approachable, but this has more to show in time. Best from 2023 through 2036." - Wine Spectator

94 pts - james suckling

"A perfumed nose of blackberries, dark cherries, cedar, cocoa and nutmeg. Violets too. Medium body with fine tannins and bright acidity. Fresh and refined with a bright core of wild fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Drink or hold." 

IN THE VINEYARD

  • Sourced from the heart of Napa's Saint Helena AVA
  • Since 1987, Corison has sourced their Napa Valley Cabernet from three prime benchland vineyards between Rutherford and St. Helena, celebrating their 36th harvest in 2022
  • These vineyards all share the distinct Bale gravelly loam soils, known for striking the right balance between moisture retention and drainage
  • Thanks to careful vineyard management, the resulting wines are marked by their refreshing natural acidity and gentle tannin grip, ensuring both great table presence and impressive longevity

in the winery

Over the past forty years Cathy has never wavered from producing the style of Cabernet that she loves. It is this commitment to elegance and balance, achieved through conscientious viticulture and restrained winemaking, that has inspired a new generation of winemakers across the state to reject the souped-up and turbo-charged wines that have dominated in recent years

recommendations

  • Drinking Window: 2023 - 2035
  • Pair with:

    • Grilled steak or lamb with rosemary and garlic.
    • Mushroom risotto or truffle-based dishes.
    • Aged hard cheeses like Gouda or Parmesan.
    • Rich stews or braised meats, especially beef bourguignon.
    • Dark chocolate desserts or tarts with berries.

    These pairings will complement the wine's deep fruit flavours and its notes of cedar, herbs, and tobacco.