A couple of weeks ago, I joined in on a BrandLive virtual tasting hosted by Charles Krug Winery. The tasting featured 4 new releases from the winery – the 2013 Limited Release Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Napa Valley Merlot, 2011 Family Reserve ‘Generations’, and 2011 Family Reserve ‘Howell Mountain’ Cabernet Sauvignon.
The red releases mark a pretty cool milestone for the winery, as 2011 is Charles Krug’s 150th vintage as well as the inaugural vintage of their Family Reserve ‘Howell Mountain’ Cabernet. We were also lucky enough to be joined by Peter Mondavi Jr. and had the opportunity to ask him questions through the interactive BrandLive platform.
The tasting was a great experience and the wines were really well-made. Here are my tasting notes from the event:
Charles Krug 2013 Limited Release Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Beautifully aromatic with notes of tropical fruit and peach. The palate offers a creamy texture with tastes of citrus and peach. Noticeable acidity helps keep this wine alive and refreshing…a great wine for warm weather! (13.6% alcohol, $35)
Charles Krug 2011 Napa Valley Merlot
Pleasant aromas of dark fruit with herbal undertones. The palate features dark berries, tobacco, and dark chocolate entwined with hints of oak. There is also a bit of a lift from the acid that takes the flavors in the wine to another level. California Merlot is generally not my thing but this bottle was pretty easy to sip! (14% alcohol, $25)
Charles Krug 2011 Family Reserve ‘Generations’
Opening with layered aromas of earth, dark fruit, cocoa, and minerals. The palate is nicely structured yet not overbearing with tastes of cassis and blackberry. There are also hints of bell pepper, minerals, and oak. Complex and balanced…a really nice wine! (13.9% alcohol, $50)
Charles Krug 2011 Family Reserve ‘Howell Mountain’ Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet begins with enticing aromas of dark fruit, oak, and spice. Soft flavors of dark cherry and blackberry meet your palate along with dark chocolate, herbs, and spice Surprisingly balanced and graceful for a Napa Cabernet. Would love to be able to taste how this evolves over time! (13.7% alcohol, $75)