Monday, December 28, 2009
Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Wine Review (NW)
Sweet plum and cherry layered with rich spices on the nose
Richly textured on the palate
Relaxed, harmonious finish of cherry, currant, and sweet cocoa
Cathy Corison provides a beautiful expression of Napa Cab with this bottling. It's a slightly different take with sweet red fruit and spice rather than dark berries and herbs, but I really like it.
This was my first tasting of this wine as I discovered it on an overpriced wine list at a chain steakhouse. Scanning through the reds, this just jumped out at me as a better value than all the other very young wines at more than triple mark ups. ( That's right, the rule of thumb on this list was a mark up over three times higher than retail shelf prices. If I wasn't entertaining clients, I would have been drinking water out of protest.)
Anyway, the wine was terrific and I still had to pay up for it. In this case, I paid $115 and the bottle has a retail price of $45. Good stuff- and the 2000 vintage is still available through a few retailers online. Raise a glass!