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Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015

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THE WINE: Our Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon has f lavors of ripe black cherry, blackberry and black currant with hints of dried blueberry and cocoa. A sturdy structure and generous black fruits lend definition to a long, memorable finish. THE VINTAGE Most notably, the 2015 vintage for Napa Valley was earlier to start, earlier to finish, and resulted in much lower tonnage than recent years. The weather played a significant part; most of our rain fell in December of 2014, and the following months were much drier and by mid-summer, warmer than usual. After three seasons of high yield, we were due for a correction, and between some cooler weather during set in May, and possibly less water in the soil due to the lack of rain, we did harvest significantly less fruit. However, all the virtues of a smaller crop – small berries, concentrated flavors, good aromatics – are present in the wines. Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Petit Verdot 5% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc Time in barrel: 14 months in French oak Alcohol: 14.7% pH: 3.78 TA: 0.61g/100ml

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Charles Krug Winery:
Charles Krug was an imprisoned revolutionary, an entrepreneur, and a wine visionary. Peter Mondavi and family are entrepreneurs and wine innovators, but never imprisoned revolutionaries (that we know of!). Together, they trace the entire timeline for wine in Napa Valley. Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley, was founded by a 24-year-old revolutionary who was part of a coup to ove... Read more
Charles Krug was an imprisoned revolutionary, an entrepreneur, and a wine visionary. Peter Mondavi and family are entrepreneurs and wine innovators, but never imprisoned revolutionaries (that we know of!). Together, they trace the entire timeline for wine in Napa Valley. Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley, was founded by a 24-year-old revolutionary who was part of a coup to overthrow the German Parliament. He was thrown into prison, to be freed only in a second revolution attempt nine months later. Around him, some of Europe’s greatest cities--Prague, Paris and Berlin—were in political and financial turmoil. Meanwhile, from the California Gold Rush came stories of riches and glory and the promise of unimaginable wealth. It didn’t take Krug long to jump on a ship to the New World. Charles was educated, opinionated and entrepreneurial, founding Napa Valley’s first winery in 1881. He was the first major vintner to apply scientific methods and European techniques to winemaking here. He also brought varietal diversity to Napa Valley, too, rejecting the prevalent Mission grape in favor of European varieties. Krug not only set the stage, he built the stage for the Napa Valley wine business. Fast forward around 30 years. Around the time of Prohibition, another immigrant-entrepreneur, this one from Italy, started a grocery business in Minnesota. To supply his customers’ home wine-making endeavors, Cesare Mondavi came on an innovative solution: he began trips to California to buy Zinfandel grapes to ship home. Meanwhile, in Napa Valley, Charles Krug’s historic winery was falling apart. With his grape business booming, Cesare and Rosa Mondavi moved their young family to California and bought Krug’s languishing legacy in 1943. When Cesare died in 1959, Rosa and their sons Peter Jr. and Robert operated Charles Krug until 1966, when Robert moved a few miles south to Oakville to set up his own winery. Peter was named president of Charles Krug, a position he still holds, coming into the winery nearly every day. That certainly speaks to the power of red wine: Peter Mondavi Sr. is 94. The Peter Mondavi Family history at Charles Krug Winery is the story of 60 years of innovation. After graduating from Stanford University, Peter pursued wine studies at U.C. Berkeley, where he experimented extensively with cold fermentation techniques. Back at the family winery, he pioneered those processes-- the first winemaker in California to do so. The Mondavis published the first winery newsletter in California (Bottles & Bins, 1949) and, in 1953, Life Magazine declared that Charles Krug produced the “best California white wine” of the year. The winery’s Tastings on the Lawn, now in their 57th year, are believed to be the earliest public wine tastings of their kind and went on to inspire a myriad of other tasting events. In 1963, Charles Krug was the first Napa Valley winery to import French oak barrels to age wine and was among the first to vintage-date varietal wines. Today, a monumental renovation project at Charles Krug has brought the birthplace of Napa Valley wine to the future. Having extensively replanted the family vineyards with a focus on noble red Bordeaux varietals, Peter Sr. and his sons, Marc and Peter Jr. are now practicing sustainable viticulture on their 850 prime Napa Valley acres. They have also restored two landmark structures, Charles Krug’s original Redwood Cellar and Carriage House, honoring their history as the birthplace of Napa’s wine business. They’re determined that their winery will remain family-owned and focused on quality, and to steward the land while preserving the winery's historical legacy. Says Marc: “These are the values our father and grandfather instilled in us. We are investing in the future of this family, this winery, and this remarkable place.” Read less

Member Reviews for Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: MrRiesling
2015421,394
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/16/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: gntop1
1327591,110
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/05/2012

Three glasses


Snooth User: aimseeee
2840965
3.50 5
Vintage: 1990 11/27/2009

In the nose, mushroomy / cheesy and earthy. Still quite acidic - rubbery, tar, musty, balishag tobacco. Quite thin, very interesting.


Snooth User: Snoothpage
436868110
5.00 5
Vintage: 1988 11/19/2010

Five glasses


External Reviews for Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/26/2018

THE WINE: Our Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon has f lavors of ripe black cherry, blackberry and black currant with hints of dried blueberry and cocoa. A sturdy structure and generous black fruits lend definition to a long, memorable finish. THE VINTAGE Most notably, the 2015 vintage for Napa Valley was earlier to start, earlier to finish, and resulted in much lower tonnage than recent years. The weather played a significant part; most of our rain fell in December of 2014, and the following months were much drier and by mid-summer, warmer than usual. After three seasons of high yield, we were due for a correction, and between some cooler weather during set in May, and possibly less water in the soil due to the lack of rain, we did harvest significantly less fruit. However, all the virtues of a smaller crop – small berries, concentrated flavors, good aromatics – are present in the wines. Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Petit Verdot 5% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc Time in barrel: 14 months in French oak Alcohol: 14.7% pH: 3.78 TA: 0.61g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 02/15/2017

THE WINE: Our Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon has f lavors of ripe black cherry, blackberry and black currant with hints of dried blueberry and cocoa. A sturdy structure and generous black fruits lend definition to a long, memorable finish. THE VINTAGE: The 2014 harvest saw little rain as we were still in a drought, despite that fact we had above average yields. Well timed rain in the spring helped with vine and berry development and we had a long harvest period allowing the fruit to fully ripen and develop complex flavors in the vineyard. With few spots of rain and some dry and warm cycles the flavor in the berries became intensely concentrated, providing us with the quality fruit we desire for our wines. Varietals: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Petit Verdot 1% Merlot Time in barrel: 17 months in French oak Alcohol: 14.7% pH: 3.85 TA: 0.49g/100ml RS: 0.09g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 03/26/2018

THE WINE: Our Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon has f lavors of ripe black cherry, blackberry and black currant with hints of dried blueberry and cocoa. A sturdy structure and generous black fruits lend definition to a long, memorable finish. THE VINTAGE: The 2014 harvest saw little rain as we were still in a drought, despite that fact we had above average yields. Well timed rain in the spring helped with vine and berry development and we had a long harvest period allowing the fruit to fully ripen and develop complex flavors in the vineyard. With few spots of rain and some dry and warm cycles the flavor in the berries became intensely concentrated, providing us with the quality fruit we desire for our wines. Varietals: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Petit Verdot 1% Merlot Time in barrel: 17 months in French oak Alcohol: 14.7% pH: 3.85 TA: 0.49g/100ml RS: 0.09g/100ml ** Only 12 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 04/20/2016

Notes: Ripe black cherry, blackberry and black currant flavors precede hints of dried blueberry and cocoa in our estate grown and bottled Cabernet Sauvignon from our Yountville vineyards. The sturdy structure and lots of black fruits lend definition to the long finish. Varietal Content: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 6% Petit Verdot 2% Cabernet Franc Time in Barrel: 17 months in French and American oak Alcohol: 14.1% pH: 3.82 TA: 0.60 g/100ml RS: 0.06 g/100ml


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Vintage: 2009 09/14/2011

Our Peter Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon provokes aromas of black cherry, raspberry and a hint of cocoa. Flavors of black currant mingle with rose petals while supple, smoky overtones visit the back palate. A silky mouthfeel and balanced tannins create an elegant finish to this classic Napa Valley wine.


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Vintage: 2003 10/24/2011

Tangy and fresh, with black currant, boysenberry and cotton candy notes that are firm, ripe and focused, lingering in the finish. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Vintage: 2003 10/24/2011

World-Class Cabernet, made in the modern style. It's softly textured, with melted tannins and low acidity. Black currants, cassis, cherries, milk chocolate and spices come together and last through a long finish.


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