Charles Krug

Vintage Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2197 ratings
9.183 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Carlo Mondavi

Owner/Winegrower RAEN Winery, Partner Continuum

9.7

That year the finest cork soakers were cork soaking (look it up on SNL). Also this wine was born... |1969| For me this was the wine of the night. Tons of energy, vibrancy and power all delicately present in each sip. Back then these wines were fermented in redwood open tops then aged in the finest barrels which were whiskey barrels that had aged the napa wines before the reserve wine. after properly seasoned and leeched of any oak flavors the best wine in the house used them... It was a different way people thought. They wanted only the best wines to have no oak flavor, to be naked and with out makeup. This is what I wish for the future of Napa... Less oak more fruit, flower and earth.

That year the finest cork soakers were cork soaking (look it up on SNL). Also this wine was born... |1969| For me this was the wine of the night. Tons of energy, vibrancy and power all delicately present in each sip. Back then these wines were fermented in redwood open tops then aged in the finest barrels which were whiskey barrels that had aged the napa wines before the reserve wine. after properly seasoned and leeched of any oak flavors the best wine in the house used them... It was a different way people thought. They wanted only the best wines to have no oak flavor, to be naked and with out makeup. This is what I wish for the future of Napa... Less oak more fruit, flower and earth.

7 people found it helpfulApr 28th, 2015
@Wineproz

Beautiful Cabernet!

Beautiful Cabernet!

1 person found it helpfulSep 6th, 2016
Dan Fredman

Chef Sommelier World of Pinot Noir

8.8

Sadly, pretty much past its prime. Aromatics are pleasingly of old wine but the fruit has certainly faded from where our was the last time I tasted this a few years ago. Interesting and educational to drink now, but better with food than on its own.

Sadly, pretty much past its prime. Aromatics are pleasingly of old wine but the fruit has certainly faded from where our was the last time I tasted this a few years ago. Interesting and educational to drink now, but better with food than on its own.

1 person found it helpfulOct 17th, 2015
Dan Fredman

Chef Sommelier World of Pinot Noir

9.9

Remarkably elegant and persistent, all components integrated and firing on all cylinders. Cedar and forest floor sessions on noise and palate, smoke acidity holds things together and echoes ofvsilky tannins are still in play. No way does this taste 55 years old. Among the three greatest California wines I've ever tasted.

Remarkably elegant and persistent, all components integrated and firing on all cylinders. Cedar and forest floor sessions on noise and palate, smoke acidity holds things together and echoes ofvsilky tannins are still in play. No way does this taste 55 years old. Among the three greatest California wines I've ever tasted.

1 person found it helpfulOct 17th, 2015
Doug Davidson

Amazing - great concentration and liveliness. Black cherry, tobacco, and leather.

Amazing - great concentration and liveliness. Black cherry, tobacco, and leather.

1 person found it helpfulOct 18th, 2014
Kurt-Inge Eklund

So elegant and lively!

So elegant and lively!

Apr 12th, 2017
Henrik Poulsen

12% alc.
A gorgeous aged nose overshadowing what it perhaps was lacking on the palate.
To me this actually improved after 30+ min of air in the glass and got more interesting with time....just like any other 45 year old lady you bring around me....

12% alc.
A gorgeous aged nose overshadowing what it perhaps was lacking on the palate.
To me this actually improved after 30+ min of air in the glass and got more interesting with time....just like any other 45 year old lady you bring around me....

Apr 10th, 2017
Jason Chang

Proprietor NINE SUNS Winery, HOUYI Vineyard

9.4

I'm really on an old Napa kick lately...

I'm really on an old Napa kick lately...

Feb 26th, 2017
James Parker Huston, CWE

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

9.5

Still in amazing shape. A lot of fruit remains and the finish is quite nice.

Still in amazing shape. A lot of fruit remains and the finish is quite nice.

Jan 10th, 2017
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.2

Dark, brooding, complex and a long rewarding finish.

Dark, brooding, complex and a long rewarding finish.

Oct 26th, 2016