Cult Wine: Corra
Winemaker: Celia Welch
Proprietor: Celia Welch
Inaugural Vintage: 2004
Annual Production: 400 cases
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Other Wines: None
Estate Vineyard: No
Grape Source: Pritchard Hill, Rutherford & Oakville


After producing wines for some of Napa Valley's most prestigious estates for more than twenty years, Celia Welch launched her own creation, Corra, in 2004. Corra Cabernet is made in minuscule quantities from three of Napa Valley's finest growing regions. Celia combines the power and intensity of Pritchard Hill, the grace and elegance of Rutherford and the structure of Oakville to create a complete and complex wine, which she ages in new French oak for 22 months and bottles without fining or filtration.

Corra, a Celtic deity representing prophecy, symbolizes this small scarce brand's forward-looking perspective. Celia is uniquely qualified for the challenge of creating a great modern wine that draws on the best Napa has to offer. She has made wine all over the valley, from Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and Howell Mountain to Carneros, from St. Helena to Napa. And she continues to consult for eight to ten top brands such as Lindstrom, Buccella and Scarecrow. In 2008, she was named Food and Wine Magazine's Winemaker of the Year. She has unparalleled access to fruit and winery space as well as strong relationships with individuals in every aspect of the wine-making business.

Corra wines are tremendous and well received, if slightly below the radar of comparable brands. This subtlety only makes them more desirable. Celia is a winemaker to follow wherever she goes. From year to year, her powerful Cabernet expresses the richness and refined tannins that have become her stylistic signature.

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