Wine of the Day: Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc

WINE OF THE DAY

Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc St. Helena-Napa Valley 2012, $18

(Image courtesy of Charles Krug)

(Image courtesy of Charles Krug)

Imagine what you get when you mix together citrus, grapefruit and melon: Tart! Crisp! Dry! Throw in passionfruit, lime and orange blossom and you have the 2012 vintage of this iconic Sauvignon Blanc. Charles Krug Winery takes great pride in the making of this wine, harvesting the grapes at night and keeping the fruit cool till it is pressed. It’s 100 percent fermented in stainless steel to emphasize the fruit. With this ripe 2012 vintage you even taste some tannins off the skins. What a fine wine for seafood!

Charles Krug is the first winery established in Napa Valley — in 1861 — and since 1943 has been in the hands of the Mondavi family. Owner Peter Mondavi, brother of the late Robert Mondavi, will turn 99 during the 2013 harvest. He still goes to work every day. I love this video — and it was taped when Peter was 97!