Charles Krug Generations 2009

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This wine's inviting and complex bouquet blends notes of peach, green apple, melon, banana, guava and grapefruit. Its silky texture, crisp acidity and long finish make it a delicious wine by itself or paired with your favorite cuisine. Enjoy!

Region: USA » California

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Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
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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

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12/18/2010

crisp and fantastic citrus flavors.


External Reviews for Charles Krug Generations

11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Virtually devoid of any grass or herbaceousness, this bottling is wholly fixed on simple, slightly candied, vaguely pear-like fruit. It bites just a bit on the finish and shows a touch of last-minute bitterness but should smooth out some with even a few months of additional age.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Virtually devoid of any grass or herbaceousness


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
07/24/2010

Lime, kiwi and gooseberry aromas. Bright and crisp flavors, with citrus and subtle mineral notes. A silky, full palate wine but never heavy.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Warm and round with ripe citrus flavors of lemon and tangelo, this has a green pungency in the finish. For roast halibut with a citrusy salsa.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Light on its feet, with a high-toned medley of crisp lemon-lime, grapefruit and grass flavors. Floral and mineral notes weave through the supple finish. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
01/24/2012

Our signature style Sauvignon Blanc preserves the vibrant flavors of the grape from the night it was harvested through the time a bottle is opened. This harvest yielded fruit forward tropical notes of banana, pineapple and accents of lemon-lime. Pear nectar nuances and hints of peach skin ensure a smooth, balanced finish. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Scents of lemongrass, litchi and lime create layers of exotic spice and fruit in this rich sauvignon. The fruit is brisk and fresh, balancing its warm, round texture. This should develop over the coming year, to serve Vietnamese green curry chicken or fish.


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This wine's inviting and complex bouquet blends notes of peach, green apple, melon, banana, guava and grapefruit. Its silky texture, crisp acidity and long finish make it a delicious wine by itself or paired with your favorite cuisine. Enjoy!

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