2005 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay 750ml

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2005 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay
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($75) Good bright, pale yellow. Lovely lift and complexity to the aromas of lemon, almond, marzipan, stone fruits and flowers, with intriguing crushed rock and fruit pit nuances. Densely packed and generous on the palate, showing much more flesh and generosity of texture today than the young 2006. But there's also superb grip to the flavors of lemon drop, crushed rock, minerals and spices. This has put on weight since I tasted it a year ago from barrel.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Score: 94
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/31/2012
Drink Dates: 2008-2017
At peak drinking age. The wine opened up by the second glass to reveal crisp acidity dominated by orange flavors and pungent aromas of citrus and the sweetness of honeysuckle. Long and full.
Score: 95
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 08/15/2010
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Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/10/2010
Drink Dates: 2007-2017
Score: 94
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/05/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2012

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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