Napa Valley winemaker Cathy Corison has long been the flag-bearer for wines of balance in the Napa Valley, continuing to make wines with reasonable alcohol and concentration, balanced by vibrant acidity, even as the accolades and scores went to much bigger wines.

With the pendulum of popularity swinging back towards her signature style, Cathy represents a powerful stalwart in the industry. In a recent Napa Valley Vintner and St. Helena Star panel tasting of Napa cabs over $75 (results to be published Dec. 22), Cathy’s flagship wine, the Kronos cab, was the only wine with ample, but under 14 percent alcohol. That does not mean the wine lacks in body and richness; it provides this along with deep black-fruited goodness.

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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