Two worthy Cabs – Conn Creek vs Charles Krug 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet
The Vintage Wine Tasters previously reviewed eight Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignons (Best Napa Cabs 2012 under $20. and Two fantastic 2012 Napa Cabs). The Conn Creek and the Charles Krug 2012 Napa Valley Cabs have been released in just the past few months. That means they have been aged longer, both in barrel and bottle, than the other 2012 Cabernets we reviewed. We did a side-by-side comparison of Conn Creek and the Charles Krug. We found the wines to be very similar, but with some breathing time we found some distinct differences. Both are great wines, especially considering the price point. Here is what we found.
Conn Creek 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Trader Joe’s $19.99
The Conn Creek winery is located in the Rutherford AVA in the Napa Valley. These grapes are sourced from various vineyards in the Napa Valley and are 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is aged for 19 months in French and American Oak, 36% new barrels. The wine has classic Cabernet aroma and taste. The mouthfeel is ample and elegant. I like the cocoa character I get during the aftertaste. I really like how this wine tastes and feels in the mouth, expensive! Suggested retail price is $30 so the deal at TJ’s is exceptional. Buy some to try now, but this is a very age-worthy wine. Put some down for a few years and you will be rewarded. We rate it at 90 Points.
Charles Krug 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Safeway $17.99
Most of the grapes in this wine are from the Charles Krug Yountville estate vineyards. The wine was aged in French and American oak for 17 months and bottled in June of last year. It’s 90% Cabernet and 5% each Merlot and Petit Verdot. The Charles Krug 2012 packs a nice aroma punch of black fruit and a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is very elegant and charged with layers of flavors. The same can be said for this wine as the Conn Creek; it will age gracefully for several years. The current Safeway 30%-off sale ends on June 21. The price of $17.99 is likely to jump, so take advantage of the Safeway six-pack pricing. $17.99 is too good of a deal to pass up. Bargain wine consumers need to take advantage of vintages like the 2012 and 2013. These are excellent wines. I am rating the Charles Krug 91 in my book, just a notch above the Conn Creek. I look forward to comparing these two vintages a year from now.