2018 Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Napa Valley

2018 Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Napa Valley

Fruit for the Napa Valley bottling is sourced from vineyards Cathy Corison’s been farming organically (and now with some biodynamic principles) for decades. The winemaking is classical and low intervention; the wine is vinified with ambient cultures and aged in French oak barrels.

The 2018 is an opaque ruby red color with a pink rim and perfumed of blackberry flowers (which is one of my favorite scents, ephemeral as it is in June in New England). There’s also a sense of black raspberries, black and red currants, and a fresh green leafiness that suggests tarragon. The palate is texturally silken, with vibrant acidity and smooth, graphitic tannins. The overall effect is like velvet. The flavors continue the aromatics: black and red cherries, black and red raspberries, and black currant. In the deep distance the herbs kick in again.

It’s a bright, high-key wine, refreshing; the platonic ideal (seldom realized) of Napa Cabernet.

2018 Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Napa Valley

13.8% ABV | $110 on release (sample)

Disclosure: Cathy Corison and William Martin are friends.

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