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Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc St. Helena Napa Valley 2017

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Soft on the nose with gently rising aromas of creamy pineapple laced with a hints of green pepper and canned peach juice all topped with musky floral notes and a hint of lemongrass. Soft and creamy in the mouth, this is a bit fat and lacks any sense of detail delivering sweet pineapple, peach and vaguely grapefruit tinged flavors to the palate with a brief canned citrus juice toned finish. There’s an odd hint of caramel that runs through this. Chunky and rustic. 82pts

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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 Sauvignon Blanc St. Helena Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
2.00 5
Vintage: 2012 09/03/2013

Soft on the nose with gently rising aromas of creamy pineapple laced with a hints of green pepper and canned peach juice all topped with musky floral notes and a hint of lemongrass. Soft and creamy in the mouth, this is a bit fat and lacks any sense of detail delivering sweet pineapple, peach and vaguely grapefruit tinged flavors to the palate with a brief canned citrus juice toned finish. There’s an odd hint of caramel that runs through this. Chunky and rustic. 82pts


Member Reviews for Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc St. Helena Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.10 5
Vintage: 2012 09/03/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,038
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 11/19/2013

Nice Napa sauvignon blanc. Nothing extreme here, just nice notes of grapefruit, lemon and green apple. Nice acidity and a medium finish.


Snooth User: kimberlyaurora
649403679
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/05/2011

Had with Drunken Goat Cheese from Spain. Very good!


Snooth User: kimberlyaurora
649403679
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/05/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: grbaKKy
601103139
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 12/18/2010

crisp and fantastic citrus flavors.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/03/2010

Grapefruit and pears. Definitely a New Zealand influence. As another reviewer said, this goes great with grilled chicken. Mine was marinated in teriyaki sauce. Perfect pairing.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


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External Reviews for Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc St. Helena Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/11/2018

THE WINE: Fruit for our Sauvignon Blanc, principally sourced from our historic St. Helena estate, was hand-picked in the cool of night to ensure it reached the winery in pristine condition. The freshly picked grapes were cold-soaked on the skins for 6-8 hours, before going into tank, a process that preserves the fruit’s natural aromatics. The wine was cold fermented slowly in stainless steel tanks to further enhance its wonderfully aromatic bouquet and delicate flavor profile. This light to medium-bodied wine displays vibrant, finely balanced acidity with notes of lime and grapefruit on the nose and flavors of citrus and passionfruit on the palate. THE VINTAGE: Napa received a steady amount of rain during the winter months, saturating the ground and paving the way for the vintage to come. The early and mild spring saw a good berry set, while the rest of the season was marked by some significant heat spikes during June and August making it one of the hotter years on record. Our Sauvignon Blanc harvest was slightly smaller than normal with moderate berry and cluster size. The fruit was hand-harvested at night during the last two weeks of August, just missing one final heat spike that arrived in the Napa Valley over the Labor Day weekend. Alcohol: 12.5% pH: 3.33 TA: 0.61g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2016 05/08/2018

THE WINE: Our signature style Sauvignon Blanc is hand-picked in the evenings and cold fermented to ensure naturally crisp acidity. This wine is well balanced with aromas of lime and grapefruit and flavors of citrus and passionfruit. THE VINTAGE: The 2016 vintage was what some might call a “typical” Napa Valley vintage, with adequate and well-timed rain prior to and during the early growing season. The January rains left good moisture in the soil for the vines to begin the growing season with early bud-break; canopy growth was rapid and even. Additional rainfall in March and April supported the later vine growth as well. It was a warm but moderate summer and fog mitigated the heat extremes, causing fewer heat spikes, less dehydration and overall good uniform growth. There was adequate time on the vine to provide terrific aroma and vibrancy in the Sauvignon Blanc which was ready to pick by mid-August. Alcohol: 13.4% pH: 3.41 TA: 0.60g/100ml RS: 0.09g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 02/03/2017

Delightful aromas of white peach and honeydew melon commingle with citrus and white grapefruit flavors that burst forth in this refreshing, crisp and balanced wine. To achieve the crisp minerality and bright acidity in the wine, we harvest at night for optimal fruit freshness that ensures our signature Sauvignon Blanc style. - Winery


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 09/11/2014

THE WINE:Our Sauvignon Blanc possesses delightful mineral notes with honeysuckle and passion fruit aromas along with fresh melon, lime and grapefruit flavors. To achieve the crisp minerality and bright acidity in the wine, we harvest at night for optimal fruit freshness that ensures our signature style Sauvignon Blanc.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 flowering 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. White wine grapes came in at a furious pace throughout August, moving on to lighter reds by 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 rema...


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 11/04/2014

THE WINE:Our Sauvignon Blanc possesses delightful mineral notes with honeysuckle and passion fruit aromas along with fresh melon, lime and grapefruit flavors. To achieve the crisp minerality and bright acidity in the wine, we harvest at night for optimal fruit freshness that ensures our signature style Sauvignon Blanc.THE VINTAGE:Early, even and excellent are three words being used to describe this years growing season. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering 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.White wine grapes came in at a furious pace throughout August, moving on to lighter reds by 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.THE VINEYARDS:Our 39 acres of Sauvignon Blanc planted on the winery property in 2005, continue to yield exceptional fruit. An additional six acres planted in 2007 are now in their third year of bearing fruit. - WineryAlcohol: 13.8%pH: 3.35TA: 0.60g/100mlRS: 0.11g/100ml


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Vintage: 2012 05/31/2013

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


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 09/11/2014

Our Sauvignon Blanc, from the first fruit harvested during our 150th anniversary year, evokes aromas of grapefruit, lime and a hint of tropical passion fruit. Tantalizing flavors of orange blossom and tangy citrus commingle with a sprightly acidity that provides a refreshing finish. As always, night harvests guarantee fruit freshness in our signature style wine. - WineryVarietal: 100% Sauvignon BlancAppellation: St. Helena, Napa ValleyFermentation: Stainless SteelBottled: December 2011Alcohol: 13.9%pH: 3.30TA: 0.68 g/100mlRS: 0.25 g/100ml ** SOLD OUT **


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