Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations Bordeaux Blend 2018 (750 ml)

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  • JS: 93
  • WS: 91

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations Bordeaux Blend 2018

Generations is a Bordeaux-style blend created to honor our family's past, present and future. The fruit is night-picked from our estate vineyards in Yountville and aged in new French oak barrels. Aromas of black cherry, coffee bean and blueberry segue to a full-bodied wine with a long finish of ripe berry and toasty crème brûlée.

Most notably, the 2018 vintage for Napa Valley was earlier to start, earlier to finish, and resulted in much lower tonnage than recent years. The weather played a significant part; most of our rain fell in December of 2014, and the following months were much drier and by mid-summer, warmer than usual. After three seasons of high yield, we were due for a correction, and between some cooler weather during set in May, and possibly less water in the soil due to the lack of rain, we did harvest significantly less fruit. However, all the virtues of a smaller crop – small berries, concentrated flavors, good aromatics – are present in the wines.

Critic Ratings

Wine Spectator Review - Rated 91:
Juicy and ripe, with a fun mix of plum, blackberry and raspberry compote notes, enlivened with a light anise accent on the streamlined finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2025. 400 cases made. — JM

James Suckling Review- Rated 93:
Ripe blueberries and mirabelles, cocoa nibs and nut shells, as well as hints of licorice and cloves. Full bodied, rich and concentrated palate with viscous tannins and a warming mouth-feel. Long, firm finish. Creamy and stony undertones. Drink or hold.

Winery Charles Krug - Reserve Generations
Country United States
Region Napa Valley, California
Year 2018
Grape Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Size 750 ML
ABV 15.5%
Wine Style Red Wine

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