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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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 100 degrees 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.
81% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Malbec.
Our Peter Mondavi Family Merlot is polished and inviting. Chocolate
covered cherries, coffee and layered plum flavors unite with blueberry,
cola and toffee aromas to give a persisitent and enjoyable finish.
The Charles Krug Winery was established in 1861 as the first winery in the Napa Valley by Prussian-born visionary and revolutionary Charles Krug. Today the winery focuses on handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varieties grown within with Napa Valley appellations and sub-appellations. The winery remains under the stewardship of the Peter Mondavi Sr Family, who purchased the historic winery in 1943. Peter Mondavi Sr remains at the helm of the winery, with day-to-day operations handled by his two sons Marc and Peter Jr.
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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