Sunday, February 23, 2014

2001 Corison Kronos Vineyard

"I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colors are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content."|
-  Lin Yutang
Yesterday was Open That Bottle Night - see the post below this one.  There was beef rib steak from the grill with some sauteed mushrooms beside it .  There was a baked potato with butter and black truffle salt.  And there was wine so perfect that it made everything else irrelevant. 

Last night's bottle was a 2001 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Kronos Vineyard from Napa Valley.  This was everything that can be great about Napa Valley Cabernets - wonderful, ripe fruit; a bag of mixed spices; a taste of earth; restraint and a sense of place.  And given its twelve years of age all of these components have matured into something much greater than the parts.   A joy and a pleasure to drink, and there is one more in the cellar. 

2001 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.  13.8% alcohol and $90 a number of years ago.

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