With the popularity pendulum swinging back toward graceful wines with balanced alcohol in Napa Valley, Cathy Corison is often cited as a non-wavering flag-bearer for this style. Cathy and her husband are not just spokespersons on style, however, but they also get down and dirty in the vineyard and cellar, involved every step of the way in the creation of their wines.

Tasting a Corison wine is tasting this “popular-again” style of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon. But don't think you won't get rich blackberry fruit -- it's there -- along with violet floral, dark cocoa and spice complexity; all served up on a structured yet juicy palate.

Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.

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