Corison Vineyard for Artisan Cabernets

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We learn a little more about the history of Corison Vineyard, a small winery started by winegrower Cathy Corison who is known for her artisan Cabernet Sauvignon from great benchland vineyards between Rutherford and St. Helena in Napa Valley.

The estate vines of Kronos Vineyard surround Corison Winery in its Victorian-style barn as a manager tells us is based in upstate New York ‘barn architecture.’ Farmed organically and growing on gravelly loam soils, the wines are juicy with blackberry and plum fruit, enhanced with a mineral note and violet perfume.

The majority of the Cabs we tasted were at the 13.8% mark, which is lower alcohol content than other Cabs in its category. They recommend keeping their wines for about 8-10 years and of the ones we tasted, the thumbs up for me goes to the 2001 Napa Valley Cab and the 2000 Cab (only one I tasted that was at 13.6%). The latter was softer in style. We also took in the 2004 Helios Merlot, the 2005 Cabernet Franc and the 2005 Kronos Vineyard Cab.

We also talked ‘social media’ and local and broader promotions they’ve been testing out lately. They have had some success with promotions through Woot and mentioned that Winespies has a similar model. He also brought up a site worth checking out I had never heard of called Below we learn more.

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