Coriston Cabernet 25 Vintage Vertical Tasting
Cathy Corison celebrates 25 years of her eponymous Napa Valley Cabernet with her current release of the 2011 vintage. In a special event hosted at the Corison winery some of us were able to taste all 25 vintages. 4 of the first 5 vintages were poured from magnum. The remaining 21 wines came from 750s.
It’s truly a special occasion to taste the complete portfolio of an iconic wine such as Corison Napa Valley Cabernet. To commemorate the tasting and Cathy’s work, an illustration of the 25 vintage vertical…
Congratulations to Cathy Corison and the entire Corison team on 25+ years of excellence!
By request, suggested drinking windows for the various vintages. At the time I did not record specific drinking windows but instead have just drink or hold impressions.
1992: Drink or Hold
1993: Drink or Hold
1994: Drink or Hold
1995: Drink or Hold
1996: Drink or Hold
1997: Drink or Hold
1998: Drink or Hold
1999: Drink or Hold
2000: Drink or Hold
2001: Drink or Hold
2002: Drink or Hold
2003: Drink or Hold
2004: Drink or Hold
2005: Drink or Hold
2006: Drink or Hold
I would recommend drinking anything in the first five vintages now, and the next five vintages either now or within the next two to three years. Corison Cabernet readily ages well 18-20 years from what I can tell, and longer by vintage. The youngest five vintages are actually quite lovely right now but of course are young Cabernet. I like their expression quite a bit with all its freshness and taut focus but you’ll get much more out of holding them, if you have that option.
The original of the above image is drawn as a 19″x22″ wall piece.
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