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Charles Krug 2008 Family Reserve Generations - Review

Napa Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week January 30, 2012

A bottle of Charles Krug 2008 Family Reserve Generations, our wine of the week

Charles Krug
2008 Family Reserve Generations

Napa Valley, CA

In 1861, a 27-year old Prussian immigrant named Charles Krug founded the first winery in the Napa Valley. Today, it is run by a man with a bit more experience in the California wine industry, Peter Mondavi, Sr. The Mondavi family took over the estate in 1943 and Peter took the reins from his father in 1966. Under Mondavi's supervision, Charles Krug has become one of America's most recognized wine labels. Currently the winery produces wines from Napa Valley fruit in a variety of styles including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet and several special releases and blends. The 2008 Family Reserve Generations is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. On the nose, it offers cherry, bramble, roasted nut and an earthy, black truffle note. A well-balanced wine, it shows racy red cherry and blackberry acidity with underlying hints of mineral and forest floor. A big, distinctly American yet fairly elegant wine, its tight structure could benefit from two or three years of cellar aging. But if you plan to drink it now, try it with simply prepared, grilled or roasted red meats, eggplant casserole or a wedge of flourless chocolate cake.

Rating: 15/20

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