2005 Kongsgaard - Syrah (Hudson Vineyard) 750ml

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2005 Kongsgaard - Syrah (Hudson Vineyard)
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International Wine Cellar | 95

($150) Saturated dark ruby to the rim. Utterly compelling, ethereal nose combines black raspberry, white pepper, bacon fat, mocha and dark chocolate. Thick, dense and wonderfully sweet but with terrific acidity giving energy to this remarkably full wine. Finishes with unreal palate-saturating length and verve. Kongsgaard has hit the ball out of the park with his collection of 2005s.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 98

The fabulous 2005 Syrah Hudson Vineyard is even better than it was last year. An incredible dark purple color offers up notes of creosote, subtle charcoal embers, aged beef, fresh beef blood, black currants, sweet cherries, pepper, and tapenade. An incredibly complex, deep, full-bodied Syrah with expressive chocolatey notes in the mouth, this intense Syrah challenges just about every ounce of grey matter between the ears.

Drink Dates: 2007-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Score: 92
Author: tward
Tasted On: 08/18/2012
Score: 96
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/19/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2022
Thick unctuous, almost syrupy appearance. Great nose of strawberries and blackberries. True to style on the palate with strawberry, sweet dark fruity jams and firm yet round tannins. Long, long finish, a operatic wine...be ready for a full strong experience if that is what you are looking for. Elegant like Schwarzenegger at a formal state dinner.
Score: 96
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/08/2010
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Simply overwhelming. I'm not sure my palate is sophisticated enough to even understand everything going on with this wine. It was a amazing sensory experience though. Almost had to set the glass down and step back after each smell and sip
Score: 94
Author: jsulliucsb
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/13/2009
Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Inky in color. Black Pepper, Game, Meaty, Chocolate on the nose. Meaty, Tobacco, Black Pepper, Mineral in the mouth. Full bodied. Fleshy texture. Long finish. So RP gave this a 98, which is why I bought it. It was not a 98 for me. I can't think of food that it would go good with. When drinking by itself, I would only want a couple of sips before my mouth was overwhelmed. It has a very long, complex finish. I can only hope that it develops into something more. I will try it again in a couple of years, maybe it is a 98 then.
Score: 98
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation Not only have I jumped on the John Kongsgaard bandwagon over the past week, I've decided to launch a new campaign for him to run for office! Between this otherwordly Syrah and the Roussanne/Viognier blend I enjoyed this past Sunday (much less his delectable Chardonnays), I am well beyond wowed w/ his dynamic talents & exceptional fruit. This was perhaps the most complex synthesis of the Northern Rhone w/ Napa Valley that I've ever experienced. Blockbuster notes of iron, dry aged steak aux poivre, beef blood and cassis jam titillate the senses and are even more revealing in the wine?s massively structured mouthfeel that pumps out the beautifully deep, long flavors w/ monstrous intensity. This wine is a complete home-run and will only get better in the cellar (eh-hem, was brought to us by none other than Robert Dentice- I suggest you invite him to your next offline!)

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More Vintages and Sizes of Kongsgaard - Syrah (Hudson Vineyard):

2010 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)

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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