Cathy Corison’s St. Helena Cabernet is always 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, but don’t think of it as standard-issue Napa Cabernet, because it’s never that; it has none of the burl or chew of its peers.
Close your eyes, instead, and imagine a vaulted room streaked with afternoon sun that catches in glints on shiny knobs and candlesticks, washing scattered vases of roses and lilacs and spare cherry branches in diffused, Dutch Master light.
Her 2014 Cabernet is one of her more floral offerings, its modest garnet color collared by a ruby rim. Its fragrance of roses, red currants, raspberries, and cherries is echoed on the palate. It’s flowery, ripe with sweet dusty berries, with a flame of acidity that sets the finish alight.
As with all her wines, it is clearly made to age, and ten years or more of bottle bouquet will embroider it with tawny threads. Hold for at least five years, or pair it now with light meats and poultry. But really, hold it.
13.6% abv | $90 (sample)