All of our Cabernet Sauvignon lots are on the table for blending only once a year
All the vineyards hail from benchland between Rutherford and St. Helena
Kronos Vineyard brings a deep, brooding note to the blend, and Sunbasket Vineyard contributes bright fruit
Adding to the depth of the conversation is the interaction between old and young vines
Our estate vineyards, Kronos and Sunbasket, come out to play with all our Cabernet lots for blending once a year, expressly for this Premiere Reserve offering. I'm always looking to walk the fine line between power and elegance in my wines and to have them speak eloquently of time and place. All hail from benchland between Rutherford and St. Helena, a very special corner of the world for Cabernet Sauvignon. Kronos brings a deep, brooding note to the blend, and Sunbasket contributes bright fruit. For Premiere Napa Valley, I added the conversation between old and younger vines. The Corison Cabernet is sourced from newer vineyards, replanted due to phylloxera, whereas Kronos is one of the last old Cabernet vineyards in the Napa Valley, planted more than 40 years ago on St. George rootstock.
Winemaker, Corison Winery
I've made wine in the Napa Valley for 40 years, first for others including Chappellet Vineyard, Staglin Family Vineyard, York Creek and Long Meadow Ranch. Eventually I found that there was a wine inside me that needed to get out and I began to make the Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country born: United States
Education: BA Pomona College, Biology
MS University of California, Davis, Enology
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
Honors / Awards:
San Francisco Chronicle Winemaker of the Year 2011
Great grapes make great wine. Pick ripe grapes from a terrific, balanced vineyard and let Mother Nature do the rest. My goal is to make Cabernet that is both powerful and elegant, graces the table, enjoys a long, distinguished life and speaks of place.
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