2001 & 2009 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California)
Cathy Corison is one of the nicest, most down-to-earth women you’ll ever meet. She’s been making the “usual suspect” Cabernet in the Napa Valley for years, but she’s been making it the way SHE likes it, which is classy as all get-out. This isn’t promiscuous, riper-than-raisins, knock-your-socks-off Cab; but it’s not wimpy either. It’s got the acid and tannins to give it both bones and guts, and it will age about as long as you dare. Go and visit her; she’ll pour you back-vintages that will set your heart a-flutter.
Drink with friends and: grilled rib-eye and charred kale
Average retail price: $70