Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Charles Krug Winery Spring Releases

It was exciting to get an invitation for a virtual tasting featuring the Charles Krug Winery Spring Releases. This is the winery's 150th vintage, and also was the debut of their Howell Mountain Family Reserve Cabernet. Peter Mondavi, the clan's patriarch, turns 100 this year, which is another milestone worth toasting.

Charles Krug Winery Spring Releases
"The Charles Krug Winery, Napa Valley's oldest winery, was established by Prussian immigrant Charles Krug in 1861. In 1943, Italian immigrants Cesare and Rosa Mondavi purchased the historic property, which remains a family-owned winery producing estate-driven Napa Valley wines. Built on a foundation of family values, hard work and European winemaking tradition, the winery offers a portfolio of Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-styled wines. The winery is under the direction of Peter Mondavi Jr., who along with his brother Marc Mondavi, stewards the family business passed to them by their father, legendary Napa Valley wine icon Peter Mondavi Sr., who continues to serve as President and CEO. The family is now proudly welcoming members of the fourth generation to the business, continuing a legacy started almost 70 years ago and setting a foundation for generations to come.
Tasting Notes:

2013 Limited Release Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Estate grown grapes picked at night; fermented in stainless steel, aged sur-lie 7 months; grapefruit, citrus zest, grass, and tropical fruit aromas; stone fruit, citrus, grass and tropical fruit flavors; creamy mouthfeel and plenty of acid; 340 cases produced; 13.6% ABV; cork closure; SRP $35.
2011 Napa Valley Merlot
Napa Valley grapes: 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Sirah, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot; aged 18 months in French and American oak; dark cherry, cassis, and herbal aromas; dark berry, chocolate, subtle mint, and green pepper flavors; supple texture and balanced; 14% ABV; cork closure; SRP $25.
2011 Family Reserve 'Generations'
Napa Valley grapes: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot; aged 20 months in new French oak; dark berry, forest, spice, and some bright fruit aromas; cassis, raspberry , earth, and cocoa flavors; another to lay down for at least a few years; 13.9% ABV; cork closure; SRP $50.
2011 Family Reserve 'Howell Mountain' Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain Grapes: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec; aged 19 months in new French oak; dark cherry, blackberry, and mocha aromas; dark chocolate, dark berry, and cracked black pepper flavors; forward tannins show aging potential; 13.7% ABV; cork closure; SRP $75.
Really a nice selection of wines, all well-made with upfront pleasure drinking now, but the reds having enough backbone to benefit from cellaring to preference. Nice to see a family-run winery that has multiple generations involved, with plenty more vinous goodness to come.

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These wines were provided for tasting purposes.

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  1. How about tasting Hungarian Wines? http://hungarianwineroadshow.com/about/

    1. Looks like fun, but not coming to the Midwest. We are tasting wines from Hungary and Slovenia through #WineStudio the next 3 Tuesdays on Twitter at 9PM ET if you want to joinus.