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Charles Krug Family Generations Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014

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THE WINE: Generations is a Bordeaux-style blend created to honor our family's past, present and future. The fruit is night-picked from our estate vineyards in Yountville and aged in new French oak barrels. Aromas of black cherry, coffee bean and blueberry segue to a full-bodied wine with a long finish of ripe berry and toasty crème brûlée. 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: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Petit Verdot 4% Merlot 3% Malbec Time in barrel: 20 months in new French oak Alcohol: 15.0% pH: 3.77 TA: 0.56g/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

External Reviews for Charles Krug Family Generations Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Source: We Speak Wine
05/08/2018

THE WINE: Generations is a Bordeaux-style blend created to honor our family's past, present and future. The fruit is night-picked from our estate vineyards in Yountville and aged in new French oak barrels. Aromas of black cherry, coffee bean and blueberry segue to a full-bodied wine with a long finish of ripe berry and toasty crème brûlée. 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: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Petit Verdot 4% Merlot 3% Malbec Time in barrel: 20 months in new French oak Alcohol: 15.0% pH: 3.77 TA: 0.56g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 09/01/2016

THE WINE: Generations is a Bordelaise style blend from our Napa Valley estate vineyards created to honor our family's past, present and future. Generations is aged for 19 months exclusively in 100% new French oak barrels. THE VINTAGE: “Early, even and excellent” are three words being used to describe this year’s growing season. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for owering and fruit set under sunny skies. Temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. Reds began to be picked in early September. Sunny weather with breezes followed brief rains, allowing for the reds that remained to dry out almost immediately. Cooler, sunny weather throughout October allowed the remaining grapes to linger longer with sugar levels remaining steady. Winemakers from around the valley agree the 2013 vintage holds exceptional promise and potential and exceeded expectations following on the heels of 2012 – another year that has been described as “nearly perfect.” Varietals: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Malbec 4% Merlot 2% Petit Verdot Time in Barrel: 19 months in new French oak Alcohol: 15.3% pH: 3.81 TA: 0.57g/100ml RS: 0.11g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 09/24/2015

Our first vintage of Generations in 1991 was a blend crafted by Marc Mondavi and was suspect by Peter Mondavi Sr. who was partial to single varietal wines. Marc demonstrated to his father that a wine of this nature could hold its own against the growing popularity of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. This 2012 artful blend is composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Spice, cocoa and mineral aromas provide an entry to the expansive palate of blackberry, black and red currant with firm tannins and a soft, velvety finish. Varietal Content: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Malbec 5% Petit Verdot 5% Merlot Time in barrel: 20 months in new French oak Alcohol: 15.1% pH: 3.71 TA: 0.58g/100ml RS: 0.14g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

THE WINE:Our first vintage of Generations in 1991 was a blend crafted by Marc Mondavi and was suspect by Peter Mondavi Sr. who was partial to single varietal wines. Marc demonstrated to his father that a wine of this nature could hold its own against the growing popularity of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. This 2011 artful blend is composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec and 3% Merlot. Spice, cocoa and mineral aromas provide an entry to the expansive palate of blackberry, black and red currant with firm tannins and a soft, velvety finish.THE VINTAGE:We proudly celebrated the harvest of 2011 and the 150th Anniversary of our founding year although a late harvest was due to below average temperatures, late spring rains, a cool growing season and rain during the summer. The winter rainfall was a full 30% above normal, much of it late. A few brief heat spikes did little to make up for the late start. We began harvest in early September when we characteristically begin in mid-August. Early rains followed while red fruit still hung on the vines. Hand thinning of the leaves and shoot positioning provided better sun exposure and maximum air flow that deterred the development of mold on these inherently resilient varieties with thicker skins. Our yield was 30% lower than a normal crop but essentially identical to last years. Brix was down over 6% from last year which could yield a drop in the final alcohol levels of almost 1%. It is exciting to achieve the flavors that we did this year with these lower sugars.Varietals:87% Cabernet Sauvignon6% Petit Verdot4% Malbec3% MerlotTime in Barrel: 20 months in new French oakAlcohol: 13.9%pH: 3.73TA: 0.83g/100mlRS: 0.03g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 06/29/2013

Our Peter Mondavi Family 2010 Generations is an expression of our family tradition and commitment to quality. We present an elegant and balanced wine with deep garnet color infused with rich blackberry, cherry and toffee aromas. The full and supple mouthfeel with berry and nutmeg flavors meld together to create a rich and rewarding finish. - WineryVarietal Blend77% Cabernet Sauvignon13% Merlot8% Petit Verdot2% Cabernet FrancTime in Barrel: 21 months in new French oakAlcohol: 15.3%pH: 3.73TA: 0.67g/100mlRS: 0.03g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 06/29/2013

Our Estate Bottled Generations is a tribute to family tradition and commitment to quality. This vintage of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc displays aromas of bright berries, nutmeg and mocha. Flavors of candied cherry, blackberry and underlying mineral notes segue into a rich, round and long finish. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

Our Estate Bottled Generations is a tribute to family tradition and commitment to quality. This vintage of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc displays aromas of bright berries, nutmeg and mocha. Flavors of candied cherry, blackberry and underlying mineral notes segue into a rich, round and long finish. - Winery



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