2002 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay 750ml

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2002 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($75; racked in the spring of 2004 for the first time and bottled 20 months after the harvest) Wild, gamey aromas of dried fruits, honey, smoke, truffle and nuts. Less fruit-driven and more minerally in the mouth than the younger 2003, with terrific fat and depth. Here the acids have been integrated into the wine. With aeration, this wine showed hints of exotic fruits as well as firmer notes of lemon and grapefruit. "During the wine's second year in barrel, we get rid of the primary fruit and get down to the bones of the wine," says Kongsgaard. Not surprisingly, last year I described the then-unfinished 2002 as a fruit bomb and noted that the bottled 2001 was more minerally in character! Distinctly tannic on the finish. A wine of vendange tardive-like texture and ripeness.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Score:
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/18/2012
Passed prime.
Score:
Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/10/2010
Drink Dates: 2005-2012
Score: 93
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2009
The grapes for this wine comes from Kongsgaard?s estate vineyard in the hills east of the city of Napa as well as from the Hyde and Hudson Vineyards located in Carneros. The wine is barrel fermented in new French oak using wild yeast and the lees are stirred weekly during the wine?s upbringing. In 2002, remarkably the wine?s fermentation lasted 14 months. It is not fined or filtered before it is put in bottle. The 2002 has a light to medium gold color with honey, wood, and pineapple aromas. Finely crafted and powerful fruit allayed with some pleasing stone and mineral overtones. Excellent length tasting of sweet oak and gobs of deftly rendered tropical fruit flavors. Extremely fine. Although the 2002 drinks very well now, Kongsgaard?s chardonnays can age ? I just finished off my last bottle of 1998 and it was still going strong.

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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