Sunday, January 22, 2017

2013 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy Sunday!  I've been doing some chores, like laundry and also doing a bit of relaxing this afternoon, so now it's time to get down to business, namely the business of enjoying a glass of wine as I'm preparing dinner!  And tonight it's a special one that I brought back from my recent trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train, the 2013 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (94%) and Petit Verdot (6%). so let's see how this wine is tasting!

The wine is an inky black color at the center, with bright ruby along the edges, just as you'd expect from a high quality Cabernet.  The nose is a pleasant combination of blueberry, espresso and a hint of smoke,  The taste is a wonderful rush of ripe fruit up front, blueberries, blackberries and cherries, that transition nicely to some wonderful notes of vanilla bean and caramel.  The tannins are wonderfully structured to provide for an elegant and exceptionally dry finish that seems to last several minutes.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, as it's truly an exceptional Napa Valley Cabernet, ideal for wonderfully decadent dinners, like the rare grilled Angus porterhouse I am having tonight with a baked potato and some steamed sugar snap peas.  This wine is priced at $100, but I think they were running a special gift pack with the 2013 "Generations" which made this wine a bit more approachable.  Cheers!

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