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Charles Krug Merlot Napa Valley Peter Mondavi Family 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Lots of sweet cocoa and carob greet the nose along with a crisp arugula edge to the dark, slightly dried plum and boysenberry fruit. Has some vanilla, cinnamon and tobacco top notes. This has lovely focus as it enters the mouth, with youthfully dry tannins adding cut to the palate. The fruit is bright and fairly complex while not being sweet, with attractive vanilla, tobacco, cedar and dried spice accent notes. Some tea and Mexican chocolate notes emerge on the moderately long finish, which does show a whisper of heat but is nicely balanced in a fairly classical style. This has a lot going for it. 90pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Charles Krug Merlot Napa Valley Peter Mondavi Family

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/09/2012

Lots of sweet cocoa and carob greet the nose along with a crisp arugula edge to the dark, slightly dried plum and boysenberry fruit. Has some vanilla, cinnamon and tobacco top notes. This has lovely focus as it enters the mouth, with youthfully dry tannins adding cut to the palate. The fruit is bright and fairly complex while not being sweet, with attractive vanilla, tobacco, cedar and dried spice accent notes. Some tea and Mexican chocolate notes emerge on the moderately long finish, which does show a whisper of heat but is nicely balanced in a fairly classical style. This has a lot going for it. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/09/2012

Chocolate, vanilla and shaved cedar greet the nose along with some red berry fruit and a hint of camphor. Broad in the mouth and fairly fresh, with a nice layered entry that shows off an earthy undertone, hints of leather and wood spice, and an accent of vanilla over a base of dark red berry fruit. There's even a touch of strawberry on the back end, though the wood treatment becomes more dominant in the mouth. The tannins certainly take the upper hand on the finish, where this is fairly obviously oaky and a bit hot. The fruit does stay there, it’s just under the wood the whole time. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/05/2010

93% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, .5% Petite Verdot, .5% Syrah Aged 18 months in French Barrique, 35% new 14.5% alcohol Smoky oak scents are prominent on the nose but there is excellent, fresh red, plummy Merlot fruit on the nose edged in cocoa and coffee giving a very balanced appeal. On the palate there is refreshing acidity helping to keep the dark, slightly earthy fruit fresh and lively. The tannins are very fine giving the wine a silky feel and a nice creamy, richness. A thread of sweetness from the wood winds through the midpalate and on through the finish, which offers a nice pure expression of Merlot. 88pts


Member Reviews for Charles Krug Merlot Napa Valley Peter Mondavi Family

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Snooth User: Lys0890
117758970
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/18/2013

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: ohits
99447915
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/06/2012

Drank on cruise paid 40. Very good for 14


Snooth User: studlee2
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/13/2010

Good price for a good Merlot.


Snooth User: MandyPants
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/20/2009

Three glasses


Snooth User: bfkirby
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/25/2012

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: nerdvernacular
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 01/04/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: anglehmann
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2003 09/15/2008

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Charles Krug Merlot Napa Valley Peter Mondavi Family

External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

Our rich ruby-hued Merlot is fruit-forward with aromas akin to a basketful of ripe cherries, blackberries and dried blueberries. Supple, integrated oak melds with cherry pie, mocha and slight mineral notes. Firm yet soft tannins develop on the palate and lead to a long, elegant finish. Look to pair this wine with artisanal cheese, roasted meats or baked lasagna. - WineryVarietal Content:80% Merlot6% Malbec5% Petit Verdot3% Cabernet Sauvignon3% Syrah2% Zinfandel1% Cabernet FrancFermentation: 19 months in French oakBottled: July 2011Alcohol: 14.8%pH: 3.88TA: 0.59 g/100ml


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Vintage: 2009 11/27/2012

This ruby-hued Merlot is fruit-forward with aromas akin to a basketful of ripe cherries, blackberries and dried blueberries. Supple, integrated oak melds with cherry pie, mocha and slight mineral notes.


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Vintage: 2009 07/10/2013

Our rich ruby-hued Merlot is fruit-forward with aromas akin to a basketful of ripe cherries, blackberries and dried blueberries. Supple, integrated oak melds with cherry pie, mocha and slight mineral notes. Firm yet soft tannins develop on the palate and lead to a long, elegant finish. Look to pair this wine with artisanal cheese, roasted meats or baked lasagna. - WineryVarietal Content:80% Merlot6% Malbec5% Petit Verdot3% Cabernet Sauvignon3% Syrah2% Zinfandel1% Cabernet FrancFermentation: 19 months in French oakBottled: July 2011Alcohol: 14.8%pH: 3.88TA: 0.59 g/100ml ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/20/2011

Charles Krug Merlot Napa Valley 2008 750ML


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/24/2011

Our Peter Mondavi Family Merlot is polished and inviting. Chocolate covered cherries, coffee and layered plum flavors unite with blueberry, cola and toffee aromas to give a persistent and enjoyable finish. - Winery


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2007 04/12/2011

Winemaker's Notes:Our Peter Mondavi Family Generations is a tribute to family tradition and commitment to quality. An artful blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot a


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2007 09/11/2010

Winemaker's Notes:Our Peter Mondavi Family Generations is a tribute to family tradition and commitment to quality. An artful blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc creates a wine of complexity and elegance.The 2007 season began dry, about 60% of normal precipitation with some very cold days and single-digit nighttime temperatures around the New Year holiday. Temperatures were warmer than normal as winter continued into spring with resulting earlier budding, bloom and set in the vineyards across all varieties. The summer months continued on the mild to cool side, with few days topping 100 degrees. There was a brief period of heat that spiked around Labor Day, but the temperatures cooled after several days. This year clusters, as well as individual berries on the clusters - though set at a normalquantity - were notably smaller in all varieties due to the dry season.


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