Corley & Corley Reserve
2009 Corley "State Lane Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon
Print: Tasting NotesThe 2009 Corley State Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is displaying very enticing aromas of dark berry fruit, bittersweet chocolate, and toasty oak. On the palate the wine is big and black-fruited on the attack as it has been since first used in our 1982 Corley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The midpalate of the wine is rich and chewy, providing a fat foundation for the tannins to frame. The finish is long and juicy and wraps up beautifully all the dark fruit and integrated 100% New Oak components in the wine.
– Chris Corley, Winemaker
State Lane Vineyard -Yountville, Napa Valley
In 1982, we began purchasing Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard on State Lane in Yountville and we have referred to it as ‘State Lane Vineyard’ on some of our earliest Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The vineyard quickly became the main source of Cabernet Sauvignon for our CORLEY RESERVE Cabernet Sauvignon and in 1989 we had the good fortune to be able to acquire the vineyard.
The Cabernet Sauvignon vines farmed in the 1980’s were originally planted in 1971. Due to phylloxera we replanted the vineyard in the 1990’s to Cabernet Sauvignon clone #337. The grapes again provide the majority of Cabernet Sauvignon for our CORLEY RESERVE Cabernet Sauvignon and are an important component of our CORLEY Proprietary Red Wine.
Oak – 22 Months in 100% New French Oak, Medium Plus Toast, Tight Grained
Alcohol - 14.2%
Climate: Moderate, with definite cool marine influence and fog contributing to cool summer mornings and the marine breeze keeping afternoons more comfortable than further up-valley. Mid-summer peak temperatures may reach 90°F (31°C), with noticeable diurnal fluctuation to the mid-50°F range (13°C).
Soils: South and west borders are more sedimentary, gravel-clay soils, with lower fertility and moderate water retention. Further north and to the east soils are prevalently volcanic in origin and are deeper and more fertile.
Principal Characteristics: depth, intensity, deep black-fruit character and rich texture.
93 points -Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
92 points - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
"Starting out with a lovely mix of ripe currants, sweet oak, vanilla and soft briar in the nose and fully in step in its very deep and refined flavors, this impressive effort strikes us as being the most polished of the very fine Corley lot, yet it sacrifices nothing in the way of richness. It is exceptionally long on the palate and stays in excellent balance from front to finish, and, while underpinned by the firming tannins needed to keep it going for a good many years, it is wonderfully expressive even now and will require a little self-discipline lest it be drunk up far too soon."
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