Charles Krug Winery Peter Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008
Warm cinnamon and blackberry aromas. Dusty chocolatey flavors with a bit of leather, baking spice and more cocoa. Very nice.
Very smooth and drinkable but also nondescript and lacking in personality
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Charles Krug Winery Peter Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
World-Class Cabernet, made in the modern style. Itrsquo;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.
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.
There are so many good qualities to this wine that I wish it were more concentrated. With a very high production, the wines must have been stretched. Too bad, because it shows gorgeous structure of acids and tannins, the kind of Cabernet only Napa Valley can produce. Still, it rewards for elegance and modest blackberry and oak flavors.
Charles Krug was the first Mondavi family foray into the Napa Valley, a historic property that remained in the hands of Peter Mondavirsquo;s family after a dispute over business expenses that led Robert Mondavi to establish his own winery. Peter Mondavi continued to pronounce his name with an American accent (mon-Day-vi) and never bought into the Napa Valley style that his brother helped to create. The Charles Krug brand remained traditional and relatively sleepy, even with the assets of 850 acres of vines throughout the valley. In 1999, the Mondavis began replanting their vineyards and retooling their winery, with the results starting to show in wines like this brisk 2006 cabernet from the relatively cool reaches of Yountville. Its depth of fresh, purple plum fruit and potent tannins would structure a wine at a much higher price.
With rare exceptions, Charles Krug has been turning out some of the most drinkable Cabernets in Napa Valley without gouging customers on price. This rsquo;06, from their vineyard in Yountville, is a lovely wine. Bone dry and beautifully structured, it shows classic flavors of black currants, cedar and spices. Now - 2012.
An impressively cool and brisk cabernet, predominantly from Charles Krugrsquo;s estate vineyards in Yountville, this starts out on black plum and grows increasingly more generous with air. The wine expands into deep purple-black fruit and potent tannins, which brings out some warmth to balance the fresh, minty aspects of the flavor. Decant a bottle for lamb chops.
Nose of tobacco, blackberry, faint pepper and dill. Dense on the palate with cassis-like fruit and plenty of oak. Shows depth, but is maybe just a bit one-dimensional. Good balance, with dry, even tannins. Better in a few years.