Corison Winery is located just south of St. Helena on Highway 29 in Napa Valley. This is the most crowded section of road in all California wine regions because it is where many large and famous wineries are located. Visitors often overlook the small wineries along this route but there are real treats here. Cathy Corison’s winery is one of them. You taste in the working winery with barrels stored all around you. Nothing fancy. I even caught Cathy doing her own weeding of the very limited landscaping. It is a superb old-time winery experience among the big high traffic wineries.
I dropped by to interview Cathy for our Discover Napa Valley Wine Region video and picked up a bottle of her 2002 Napa Valley Cab for our wedding anniversary dinner. Still a bit of a tannin bite when first opened but with a little air it opens nicely as a full bodied Cab but not heavy. The nose is almost delicate and softer than most Napa Cabs. Light oak. Very refined and upscale taste. Cathy’s Cabs are in the $75 and up range.
We paired it with lamb chops, mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and broccoli then followed up with a selection of Lindt chocolates, raspberries, and apricots. At the end of the meal the bottle was empty. Very nice!
I first met Cathy a few years ago at a wine blogger’s event. She was pouring her Cab next to those of other well-respected Napa Valley vintners. I was impressed with her style and deep knowledge of the local earth. She has been working this area for decades and seems to know every row of Cab in the Rutherford area. Cabernet Sauvignon is her whole focus. A visit to Corison Winery will put you deep into the Napa Valley Cabernet experience.