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 Vintage1978 Label 1 of 71 
TypeRed
ProducerCharles Krug Winery (Peter Mondavi Family) (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)086012200430

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: not specified
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87 pts. and median of 87 pts. in 3 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by LHB on 1/28/2016 & rated 89 points: Currently enjoying this bottle of 1978 Charles Krug Cabernet purchased at the winery in 1980. I have been looking at this bottle for a while now, and decided to finally open it. Filtering needed for sediment around the somewhat moist cork, mid-ruby, pale rim. Firm nose of cedar, some tobacco, almost sweet entry, well balanced, very little of the "hole in mid palate", layered flavours, long finish, soft tannins.The 1978 vintage was rated 92 by Mr. Parker. Excellent wine! Stored at 10 - 12 degrees Celsius. (49 views)
 Tasted by milwaukeewino on 2/16/2010: Funky, sweaty, cumin.
Palate was the richest and most intense, both in flavor and texture. Better than Martini but nowhere close to Inglenook. (3738 views)
 Tasted by Junior on 6/11/2009: I don't know why I bought this, but I'm not unhappy with it at all. Cork was soaked. Lots of sediment. Deeply bricked. Opened to a wonderfully nose of fruit and cedar. Really gorgeous nose, actually. The tannins are almost utterly resolved, very fine. But what keeps this wine alive is the acidity framing the fruit and secondary flavors, a sunny brightness that shines some nice, late-afternoon light on the palate. It's a fading wine=--pretty far gone perhaps, with its major flaw being just a hint of tomato in the mouth--but it's sliding into oblivion with some grace and self-respect and I'm happy to be here, helping it along. (2986 views)
 Tasted by T G F on 7/8/2006 & rated 87 points: This was the oldest bottle of wine I have drank. Purchased from Benchmarkwine.com The cork was still good and in place, a nice sign that there could be life. Nose at first was of an old tobacco box. In the first minute with a little wrist work, the nose open up to a dark berry and plum/prune nose with a hint of cinnamon. The color was purple, with a light brown rim on the outside of the glass. This was a very interesting bottle of wine, not dead but I am glad I drank it. Served without food, with Ahman and Steve. (3490 views)

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USA

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California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley Wineries and Wine (Napa Valley Vintners) | Article in CellarTracker

2013 Vintage Notes:
"Napa Valley and virtually all of the North Coast of California (which obviously includes Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well) has been on a qualitative tear since 2012. 2012 was a great vintage for nearly every varietal in North Coast California, but what is even more remarkable is that 2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines." - Robert Parker

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