2015 Corra Tail Feathers Rogue Valley
Polished, round and expressive, bursting with pear, apricot and honeycomb flavors that keep singing on the finish. Viognier, Muscat and Riesling. Drink now. 225 cases made.
9o points, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
2013 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon
Presents a tight coil of sinewy blackberry, currant, cedar, loamy earth and anise nuances that are supple and harmonious. Not shy on tannic strength, this nevertheless reveals a graceful balance. Drink now through 2028.
95 points, James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider
2013 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon
Made by well-known and highly regarded consultant Celia Welch, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon from three separate sectors of Napa Valley — Pritchard Hill, Rutherford and Oakville) offers up notes of spice box, cedar wood, blackcurrant and blackberry as well as touches of charcoal and tobacco leaf. The wine displays great fruit on the attack as well as mid-palate, and finishes authoritatively, but with elegance, purity, depth, and intensity. Drink it over the next 20+ years.
94 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
2013 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon
Corra’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most opulent, forward wines readers will come across in this vintage. Hints of torrefaction, smoke, licorice, mocha, plum and dark spices all blossom in the glass. Readers who appreciate rich, powerful Cabernets will find much to admire.
93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2012 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of different vineyards from Pritchard Hill, Rutherford and Oakville, is a beautifully balanced wine displaying a dense ruby/purple color along with a sweet nose of cedarwood, Christmas fruitcake, creme de cassis and loamy notes. Full-bodied, velvety, dramatic and sensual, the aromatics and forwardness suggest drinking it over the next 10-15 years.
Corra is the outstanding and knowledgeable consultant Celia Welch’s personal project.
(94) Robert M. Parker, Wine Advocate
The nose is extremely seductive, concentrated bold blackberry sap. The palate is gorgeous, seamless and possesses exceptional length and complexity, sourced from Pritchard Hill, Rutherford and Oakville. This ethereal Cabernet is likely the best Corra so far. Drink 2015 – 2025
(96) Doug Wilder’s Purely Domestic Wine Report
2010 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon
Plums, mocha, espresso and pencil shavings all burst from the glass as the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its large-scaled, intense personality. With time in the glass, the 2010 becomes even richer, with endless layers of fruit that flesh out beautifully. This big, voluptuous wine is super-exciting from the very first taste. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. Celia Welch is probably best known to readers for the wines she crafts for Scarecrow, Kelly Fleming, Keever, Lindstrom and others, but her own wines are every bit as compelling.
( 95) Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, rich, expansive wine. Layers of blue and black fruit, spices and flowers flow gracefully from this textured, inviting Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 possesses an inner glow and warmth that is immensely appealing. An elegant, finessed finish rounds things out beautifully. This is a terrific showing from Celia Welch. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
( 93+) Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate
A rich, expansive Cabernet, with tiers of black and blue fruits joined by currant, melted licorice, mocha and cedar flavors. Yet for all its size and density, this offers the finesse and grace found in the best 2009s. Best from 2013 through 2023. 375 cases made.
(94) James Laube, Wine Spectator
The 2008 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon offers plum, cassis, camphor and forest floor notes in its dense purple color. Its elegant, medium to full-bodied flavors display ripe tannins, a good center core of sweet fruit, and a velvety, fleshy finish. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
(93) Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
There’s a wonderful purity of fruit aromas in this full-bodied and remarkably detailed red, with blackberry, currant, cedar, tar, tobacco, roasted coffee and mocha notes. Perhaps a shade off the 2007, but nonetheless an impressively well-made wine. Drink now through 2021.
(94) James Laube, Wine Spectator
What a joy to taste. Blackberry and chocolate with currants and dark fruits. Hints of vanilla. Full body, with velvety tannins and lovely soft finish. I love drinking it now. So yummy.
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Layered with essences of blackberry and black cherry, this red regales the senses with sandalwood, cinnamon, and cocoa, while its crisp acidity and smooth tannins offer prophetic hints of greatness yet to come.
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Corra’s superb 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon’s opaque blue/purple color is followed by subtle aromas of charcoal, white chocolate, blackberries, black currants, and background oak. Deep and full-bodied with impressive texture and purity, this 2007 is accessible now, but promises to evolve for 20+ years.
(95) Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Deliciously complex, rich, layered, intense and concentrated, offering a dense yet elegant mix of currant, wild berry, black cherry and plum, with touches of cedar, anise and melted chocolate. Full-bodied, focused, pure and persistent, winning points for its graceful texture. Drink now through 2020. 375 cases made.
(96) James Laube, Wine Spectator
“Bright ruby-red. Blueberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice and menthol on the nose. Supple and lush on the palate, with captivating cassis, mineral and melted chocolate flavors; showed a strong graphite quality with air. This boasts a compellingly creamy texture and finishes with substantial sweet tannins. A very nicely balanced 2006, built to age but already offering considerable appeal. This is consulting winemaker Celia Welch’s own project, made from vines on Pritchard Hill as well as in Rutherford and Oakville.” (91 points) Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May/June ’09)
Knowing Celia’s record, after I wrote the first review on the 2004 premiere release of Corra, (DW 97), I was not surprised how excellent the wine was. Since then, many devoted Cabernet fans have jumped on her mailing list and it sells out within a week. I tasted this wine with Celia in Pasadena at the same time as the 2006 Scarecrow, and found the Corra was a bit more evolved at that point. Aroma: dense, dark black fruits, cherry and crisp raspberry, graphite and dark chocolate. Palate: lush, creamy and full-bodied entry, with excellent balance throughout, finishing with delicate black raspberry, cranberry and currant. Impression: another stunner. Beautiful if you want to enjoy now for its elegance, will continue to gain weight for years to come.
(97 points) Doug Wilder, Wilder Napa Valley
A mix of ripe, sweetish plum, currant and black cherry fruit framed by cedary oak, mineral and firm tannins, this is rich, complex and concentrated, well-proportioned and full-bodied, ending with nice structure and length. (91 points) James Laube, Wine Spectator
2005 Vintage: Ten Year Retrospective Tasting, published November 2015:
CORRA Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005 Score: 93
Broad, rich and plush, loaded with layers of dark berry, mocha, spice, olive and cedar. The flavors coat the palate, enlivened by snappy, mineral-laced acidity and plush, deep tannins that impart traction and presence. 2005 California Cabernet blind retrospective (September 2015). Drink now through 2022. 200 cases made.
James Laube, Wine Spectator
The superb, dense ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (a 220-case lot of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals elegant notes of spring flowers, lead pencil shavings, blueberries, black currants, and a subtle hint of smoke. Noble sweet tannins are noticeable, and the wine displays a restrained use of oak (100% new French barrels were utilized), beautiful purity, a multi-dimensional texture, and a savory, long, classic finish. It should age effortlessly for 15+ years.
(94 points) Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate
Smooth, rich and polished, with layers of green and black olive, spice, currant, cedar and mineral flavors that are complex and deep while retaining an elegant mouthfeel. Ends with supple, graceful tannins that glide on the finish. (93 points) James Laube, Wine Spectator
The 2004 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon is very dark in color, showing aromas of black cherry, cedar, blackberry, mocha, blue plum followed by smoke-kissed currant, brilliant blueberry and chocolate brownie. The palate is intensely focused black currant, plum and blackberry tart. It shows a beautifully interwoven dexterity of flavors. Quite simply, this is a masterpiece.
(97 points) Vinfolio
This wine exhibits a rich, creamy-textured mix of currant, herb, mineral, sage and cedary tobacco notes, keeping a tight focus and ending with a long, layered finish and firm, ripe tannins. Supple, graceful and polished, it exhibits layers of dried currant, herb and green olive and loamy earth, with fine-grained tannins.
(91 points) James Laube, Wine Spectator