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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Enthusiast, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%
Item no. 107600
Since 1944 our Peter Mondavi Family flagship wine, Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, has been crafted only when the vintage is optimum. Dark ruby in color, with a wonderful nose of cassis, blackberry and licorice, this classy and opulent Cabernet Sauvignon shows supple tannins, palate richness and length. Enjoy final accent notes of espresso, vanilla and chocolate.
The 2006 growing season was preceded by abundant rainfall through April. In spite of much flooding in many vineyards, budbreak showed overall quality, but near-record high temperatures in July brought brix levels almost to a halt through the end of August. A late harvest required extended hang time, but overall, the quality of the fruit was good in spite of many weather extremes.
What a beautiful Cabernet. It's dry and classically elegant, with sweet, ripe tannins, framing succulent blackberry, black cherry, violet, cedar and mineral flavors. Really a great wine for drinking now, and so balanced, it will easily negotiate a decade in the bottle.
We fondly recall outstanding Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet from decades back, but it has been a long time since the winery has come up with a memorable successor. This rich and deeply filled effort signals that a change just may be in the air, and it is simply the best effort from Krug in many years. Full and fleshy, plump and polished and very much driven by its sweet fruit until its ample tannins grab hold, it presently falls prey to last-minute toughness but should emerge from a half-dozen years' sleep in fine form.