2000 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay 750ml

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2000 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

($70; bottled in August of 2002) Attractive pale yellow color. Sappy, pure, highly aromatic fruit aromas of orange peel, peach and lemon cream, complicated by notes of mirabelle and minerals; not particularly oaky despite the fact that it was aged in all new barrels. Very ripe and rich but juicy, with sharply delineated flavors of citrus fruits, orange peel, honey, spices and flowers. Showing wonderfully primary flavors and great spicy persistence. While numerous 2000 chardonnays will never be better than they are today, this wine is still youthfully undeveloped and should go through a graceful evolution in bottle over the next four to six years. Finishes with excellent grip.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Score: 90
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2003
After Marcassin, Kongsgaard may very well be the best Chardonnay made in California. The 2000 has a more advanced/darker color than past vintages. Unlike in past vintages, this wine is drinkable now. Good viscosity, excellent acidity, and powerful flavors of honeyed apples and spice. A very fine Chardonnay but this is a far weaker effort than past vintages.

About This Producer


Fifth-generation Napa natives John and Maggy Kongsgaard produce The Judge, Chardonnay, VioRous, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Low yielding vineyards and traditional low-intervention winemaking techniques produce powerful, graceful wines which are high intensity expressions of vineyard and variety.

The core of their endeavor is the ten-acre vineyard they planted in the late 1970s on a rocky hilltop in southern Napa Valley which has belonged to the Kongsgaard family since the 1920s. In addition to these family acres, they direct the farming under long-term contract on another seven acres in Carneros and three acres near St. Helena. The winery, on the eastern rim of Napa Valley, is a cave drilled into the volcanic rock. Production is limited to what they can make with their own hands.

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