Founded in 1861, Charles Krug is Napa Valley’s oldest winery. I know this because it says so right on the label of Krug’s 2005 Cabernet. Now operated by Peter Mondavi and his family, Krug wines are still alive and kicking.
The 2005 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville – Napa Valley is actually a curious blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot, and 1% Carignan, but it’s hardly a mutt of a wine. The Cab core really shines here, offering a classic herbal and currant punch that immediately screams Cabernet. Some coffee in the finish, which may or may not work with food, depending on your state of mind.
The finish is long but the tannin is awfully intense right now. I’d suggest a few years of mellowing in bottle to make this a little more approachable. Right now it’s nice as an after-dinner wine, but I think it will improve considerably by 2011 or so. Considering the price, it’s not a bad buy.
B+ / $27 / charleskrug.com