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Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot
Back in 1861, Charles Krug, the ultimate visionary of Napa Valley winemaking, established the winery that would start it all. He did so at a time that most everyone told him California had zero chance at being a good winemaking region.
In 1943, Cesare and Rosa Mondavi purchased this iconic estate and continued to build on its reputation for innovation and uncompromising quality. Their son, Peter Mondavi Sr., carried on this tradition remaining active in the winery until his passing in 2016 at the age of 101.
This is true Napa Estate Grown Cabernet. It’s grown, produced and bottled right on the historic Krug Estate in St. Helena, Napa’s oldest estate. That’s where all this incredible fruit comes from and where the wine is made.
2018 marked the 75th Anniversary of four generations of Mondavi Family ownership of Charles Krug and the birth of their ‘Generations’ Bordeaux Blend. The 2019 bottling is the highest rated to date, and actually features a predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blend, making it technically a Cab Sauv, but instead it just gets bottled as ‘Generations’. Regardless, this is more than worthy of its 97-point score and the ‘Cellar Selection’ designate awarded to them by Wine Enthusiast
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97 Points (Cellar Selection), Wine Enthusiast
Quietly powerful, dense with alluring oak spices and late-picked fruit flavors, this full-bodied, velvet-textured Cabernet-dominant blend is generous and inviting to drink, but also balanced and structured for the long haul. Concentrated, deep and layered, it is meant for drinking with appreciative friends or family in the future. Best from 2027–2040.
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The Adaptation Cabernet allows superstar winemaker Jeff Owens to make a Cabernet with other Bordeaux varietals from a collection of the top vineyards from across the valley. This is PlumpJack’s “Quilt” so to speak. It features Cabernet along the Silverado Trail in Stag’s Leap from their own Odette Vineyards as well as Heitz’s Trailside Vineyard, to go with fruit from St. Helena, Chaix’s vineyard in Rutherford, Merlot form mountainous terrain of Howell Mountain, along with fruit from Oak Knoll, and Carneros. Together, this blend comes together effortlessly Owens, who has woven a particularly juicy, dark-fruited Cab that will knock peoples’ socks off.
The CJ Cabernet Sauvignon is one that is very close to the heart of superstar winemaker Philippe Melka. It comes from his home vineyard and is actually named after his kids. It explodes right out the glass with dark blackberry and black cherry notes, that play nicely with a hint of vanilla from the oak. It’s wonderfully built, a Cabernet that combines brute force and finesse to get a creamy, velvety expression. It’s got great balance and length to the finish and should be a force for the next 15-20 years, easily.
2019 WE CS #7
97 Points, James Suckling – 96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Their beloved Napa Valley Cabernet comes from a who’s who of the best vineyard sites in Napa. It’s a seamless Cabernet blend sourced from Oakville, Stag’s Leap, Diamond Mountain, St. Helena, Calistoga, Oak Knoll and the winery’s estate fruit in Yountville.
96 Points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast
“This sophisticated and concentrated wine wraps lovely dark plums, blueberries and cocoa flavors in velvety tannins that are well integrated and soothing, while still setting the wine up for a potentially long life. Subtle baking spices, espresso and cedar accents enhance the impressive fruit flavors. Best from 2027–2037.” -Wine Enthusiast