Charles Krug Yountville-Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Recommendation: Good buy for an under $20 California Cabernet.

Winery/Producer: Charles Krug Winery

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot)

Geographic Region, Appellation: Napa Valley; Yountville, California

Vintage: 2011

Price: $19.27 (with a 33% 6-bottle discount)

Purchased From: Ralphs Grocery Store; Encino, California

Paired With: Grilled steak, baked potato and asparagus; blind tasted with Pederi Aldo Conterno Barolo Romarisco 2006.


    He said: Opened one hour before tasting. Garnet red color. Light, ripe currant aromas. Rich, smooth (yet had proment tannins) dark cherry taste that carries through the medium length dry, oaky finish. An excellent pairing with the grilled beef…it had just the right acidity to cut the fat in the beef. Not a layered taste but very drinkable Cabernet that’s “not bad” for this price.

    She said: This Cabernet has an outstanding aroma followed by equally delicious flavors. It was smooth and dry with a body on the light side of medium, and the tannins were soft. The medium long finish was good but not outstanding

    Comments: It should also be noted that this was one of two wines blind tasted with this beef dinner. See also our tasting notes from the other wine (Pederi Aldo Conterno Barolo Romarisco 2006).

Alcohol: 13.9%

Bar code: 08601220043