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Charles Krug Winery Peter Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville 2007

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Wine Tasting Notes This Cabernet, grown predominately in the Yountville appellation, tempts your senses with aromas of cherries, currants, and cola. On the palate flavors of chocolate and raspberry are married with oak for a lingering finish.

Region: USA » California » Napa » Yountville

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  • 2007

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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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

Member Reviews for Charles Krug Winery Peter Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville

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Snooth User: wlstiles3
159372351
3.50 5
12/20/2010

Good. Well made. Solid.


Snooth User: naughtonkp
831851169
4.00 5
07/10/2011

Very smooth wine. Not overpowering at all. Can pair with a meal or drink on its own.


Snooth User: TuckerCFP
567249134
4.00 5
10/06/2010

Mild Cabernet. Great with red sauce!


Snooth User: BasilNew
45179385
4.00 5
09/23/2010

Very well structured. Not as hot or tannic as other Cabs from Napa. A nice "earthy" compliment to the medium to full bodied richness....probably due to the Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, as well as the Syrah and Petit Sirah that all together makes up 18% of its blend. Enjoyed it much more than I expected...will buy it again. Good value for the $19.99 price.


Snooth User: rxgraci
95649558
3.50 5
11/18/2011

***/


Snooth User: TOTJr
81883735
4.00 5
04/22/2011

Hello good wine


Snooth User: irish2
100598514
0.00 5
01/03/2012

Pietro's NYC


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External Reviews for Charles Krug Winery Peter Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville

External Review
09/11/2010

This wine is by far, one of the best-value, lowest priced Cabernets from an elite Napa Valley sub-appellation. Established in 1998, Yountville AVA is nestled between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountain ranges bordering Oakville and the Stag’s Leap District. The soils here are gravely and deep and the temperatures are some of the coolest in the entire Valley. This gives Cabernet a long slow growing season where the grapes turn out deeply concentrated and well-structured. Many experts rank Yountville wines among the best of Napa Valley. This wine shows why. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petite Syrah aged 20 months in French and American oak barrels. It's brimming with berries, dark chocolate and roasted nut flavors that are ripe and resounding.


External Review
05/23/2011

It is a solidly made wine with 8% Merlot in the blend. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of black currants, Dried herbs, spice and subtle wood. Rich, ripe and medium to full-bodied, with excellent concentration, low acidity, and a lush texture, it should drink well for 6-8 years. It is an excellent value.


External Review
04/12/2011

Our Peter Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and harmonious Aromas of dark chocolate, orange peel and roasted chestnuts combine with wild berries, coffee and peanut brittle flavors. The 2007


External Review
07/18/2010

Our Peter Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and harmonious Aromas of dark chocolate, orange peel and roasted chestnuts combine with wild berries, coffee and peanut brittle flavors. The 2007 season began dry, about 60% of normal precipitation with some very cold days and single-digit night time 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 remained cool, with few days topping 100degrees except for a brief heat spike around Labor Day. Clusters, as well as individual berries, were notably smaller in all varieties due to the dry season. - Winery


External Review
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
05/23/2011

With rare exceptions, Charles Krug has been turning out some of the most drinkable Cabernets in Napa Valley without gouging customers on price. This '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.


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Wine Tasting Notes This Cabernet, grown predominately in the Yountville appellation, tempts your senses with aromas of cherries, currants, and cola. On the palate flavors of chocolate and raspberry are married with oak for a lingering finish.

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