WINE ENTHUSIAST - 2008 Krupp Brothers Black Bart's Bride
"Powerful and intense, this is rich in flavors of tropical fruit, orange, nectarine and sweet peach. Oak is evident in the vanilla and buttered toast notes, but they’re in keeping with the underlying wine’s volume. Exotic and appealing, it’s a wine that will present a pairing challenge; try something complex, like Asian fusion."—S.H.
"A quintessential, cult-style Napa Cabernet, this has a soft creaminess that’s reminiscent of milk chocolate. The fruit is terrifically ripe in blackberry jam and cassis liqueur, with a strong but balanced application of sweet oak. Really complex, it’s a Cabernet that will stand against the best of Napa Valley." —S.H.
WINE ENTHUSIAST - 2008 Krupp Brothers Veraison Red Wine
"Smooth in tannins with a nice bite of acidity, this shows rich flavors of blackberry, cherry and spice, with a touch of mocha that gives it an apparent sweetness. It’s a Bordeaux blend with some Syrah, grown in the famed Stagecoach Vineyard." —S.H.
WINE ENTHUSIAST - 2009 Krupp Brothers "The Doctor"
"This is one of the best Tempranillo-based wines in California history. The other varieties blended in are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Bone dry and tannic, though a little warm in alcohol, it shows its mountain origins—from the southeast corner of the Vacas—with its immaculate core of blackberry and cassis. Compellingly delicious now and over the next 5–6 years." —S.H.
"Cabernet specialist Krupp turns to Chardonnay with excellent results. Some might say it’s too ripe, hot and oaky in the California style. But it is a superior example of its genre. Rich and creamy, it bears flavors of tangerine, tropical fruit, buttered toast and cinnamon spice." —S.H.