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Charles Krug 2011 Napa Chardonnay - Duo Pack

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Tropical fruit, lime and hints of vanilla form an alluring bouquet

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The Season
A late harvest was due to below average temperatures, late spring rains, a cool growing season and rain during the summer. The winter rainfall was a full 30% above normal, much of it late. A few brief heat spikes did little to make up for the late start.

The Process
The team began harvest in early September when they characteristically begin in mid-August. Early rains followed while red fruit still hung on the vines. Hand thinning of the leaves and shoot positioning provided better sun exposure and maximum air flow that deterred the development of mold on these inherently resilient varieties with thicker skins.

The yield was 30% lower than a normal crop but essentially identical to last year’s. Brix was down over 6% from last year which could yield a drop in the final alcohol levels of almost 1%. It is exciting to achieve the flavors that we did this year with these lower sugars.

The Experience
Tropical fruit, lime and hints of vanilla form an alluring bouquet in the 2012 Chardonnay that is enhanced by just the right amount of minerality. Juicy citrus and peach flavors pair with a refreshingly crisp acidity, making the creamy texture of this wine a real reward, especially with its long, bright finish.

The Facts
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Carneros
Barrel Aging: 70% Stainless Steel, 30% French oak for seven months
Alcohol: 14.2%
Now under the guidance of Peter Mondavi Sr., the Charles Krug Winery honors its roots while forging ahead to the future. From the Wild West to the twenty-first century, relatively crude beginnings gave way to the finest form of winemaking.

Founded in 1861 by Charles Krug, the 27-year old Prussian immigrant came to America with little besides willpower and a willingness to work hard to build the cornerstone of the first winery in the Napa Valley. He became the major local winery figure of his era, greatly influencing Napa Valley's development as a world-renown wine producing region.

His leadership was said to be inspirational and his ideas innovative. Charles Krug introduced the cider press for winemaking, the first of which is still on display at the winery. He carefully selected rootstocks, varietals and vineyard sites - a novel concept in late 19th century America.

After his death in 1892, James Moffitt held the winery in proprietorship through Prohibition. By 1943, he found a pioneering spirit in Cesare Mondavi, an Italian immigrant with a passion for wine, and sold the winery to his family for $75,000.

At 60 years old, Cesare Mondavi spearheaded a dramatic renaissance in the decade that followed. Wine historian Charles Sullivan writes in his book, Napa Wine, “By the early 1950s it was irrefutable that the Valley's Big Four had been augmented by one - the Charles Krug Winery”.

Cesare died in 1959 leaving Rosa as President with sons Robert as General Manager and Peter as Vice President. In 1966, Robert moved south to Oakville and began construction of his own winery. Upon Rosa's death in 1976, Peter became President of the winery.

Peter's industry innovations from his studies at Stanford and Berkeley included revolutionary research on cold fermentation, enabling the production of exceptionally crisp, fruity white wines. His pioneering efforts to plant vineyards in the Carneros region with chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, cold sterile filtration techniques and aging wine in small French oak barrels contributed to his being named one of the twelve “Living Legends” in 1999 by the Napa Valley Vintners Association.

Above all else, Charles Krug Winery is a family winery. Peter Sr. and his sons Marc and Peter Jr. continue their dedication to producing the finest Bordeaux style wines in the Napa Valley. To achieve this, they initiated a nine-year, $22 million investment program completed in 2010. Over 400 of the winery's 850 prime acres in Napa Valley have been re-planted and state-of-the-art winemaking equipment is now in use.
This vintage has not yet been reviewed.
Aging Potential: Ready to Drink, 5-10 Years
Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%
Appellation: Carneros, California
Barrel Type: Stainless Steel, French Oak
Body: Medium
Color: Dull Yellow-Brown
Flavor Pairing: Stir-Fry, Creamy, Buttery
Food Pairing: Seafood, Poultry, Fish
On the Nose: Vanilla, Tropical Fruit, Lime
On the Palate: Peach, Mineral, Citrus Fruit
Serving Recommendation: Slightly Chilled
Texture: Crisp, Creamy
Varietal: Chardonnay

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