2000 Kongsgaard - Viognier/Roussanne 750ml

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2000 Kongsgaard - Viognier/Roussanne
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(a 77/23 blend) Floral aromas of lemon, peach, pear and licorice; shows more viognier influence than the lower-toned and richer '01, which includes 60% roussanne. Fat but dry and bracing, with firm acidity keeping the wine quite tight. Some tannins apparent on the finish. A fascinating blend, but today the palate doesn't quite deliver what the nose promises; may be in an awkward stage.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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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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