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Charles Krug Pinot Noir 2001

Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
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Tasting Notes: Deeply extracted, a red rose¢ color harkens this full-bodied, densely flavored, Pinot Noir. Excellent varietal flavors of cherry and berry. Nuances of toast and oak surround the rich central core of fruit. Firm tannins fill the palate with a chewy texture nicely balancing this full-bodied wine. Enjoyable and fruity in its youth, this powerhouse Pinot Noir will continue to develop complexity for several years.

Food Pairings: A fine compliment to lamb and veal and is exceptional when matched with fowl like duck and pheasant, but it relaxes well with less extravagant food such as cheeses, hearty pastas or a classic turkey dinner.

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Charles Krug

Charles Krug

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Charles Krug, , California
Charles Krug
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.

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Dark, full-bodied, and herbaceous with a spicy kick, Carménère has found great success in Chile, far from its birthplace of Bordeaux. Although Carménère once accompanied Malbec and Petit Verdot as a minor blending grape in Bordeaux, it is now virtually extinct there, though it has been thriving since the mid-nineteenth century in Chile. Originally mistaken for Merlot, it is now successful of its own accord and plantings continue to increase. It is bottled both on its own and as part of Bordeaux-inspired blends.

In the Glass

If not fully ripe, Carménère is often marked by a green, herbaceous character (think green bell pepper and green peppercorn), and expresses flavors of red berry and black pepper when just ripe. With additional hangtime at the end of harvest, it is reminiscent more of blackberry, blueberry, and dark plum, with rich and savory notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and soy sauce.

Perfect Pairings

Carménère can easily overpower lighter fare, but makes a great match for a hearty steak or barbecued red meat. It can also work well with white meat when prepared with a richer sauce such as mole.

Sommelier Secret

Perhaps Carménère’s herbal character can be explained in part by familial relations—due to the strange nature of grapevine breeding, Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.

CDI706820_2001 Item# 61898

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