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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tuesday Tasting: Charles Krug

Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we try a couple of wines from Napa's oldest winery.

The Charles Krug Winery was established in 1861 in California's Napa Valley. Today, it is owned and operated by the Peter Mondavi Family. Since 1943, three generations of the Peter Mondavi family have been recognized as innovators in the wine industry.

Recently I had a chance to sample a red and a white from the winery.

Charles Krug 2004 Yountville-Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: The wine is made in the Bordeaux-style using 80 percent cabernet sauvignon grapes, 5 percent Syrah, 5 percent petit verdot, 4 percent merlot, 4 percent cabernet franc and 2 percent malbec, then aged for 19 months in primarily French oak barrels. I got a tad bit of alcohol in the initial aroma, but that subsided into a floral and berry mixture. The flavor was a nice rounded black cherry, with hints of oak. At $26 a bottle this is an average value for a red and a good price for a Napa wine.

Charles Krug 2006 Napa Valley Sauvignon: This white has a crisp nose and nice apple and melon flavor notes. It is a perfect wine for serving as a cocktail pour or at dinner with lighter white fish dishes. Priced at $18 a bottle.

Located near St. Helena, Charles Krug Winery is open for tours. You can check on hours of operation by calling the tasting room at 800-682-KRUG or 707-967-2229.

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