2006 Kongsgaard - Syrah (Hudson Vineyard) 750ml

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2006 Kongsgaard - Syrah (Hudson Vineyard)
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International Wine Cellar | 93

Saturated medium ruby. Wild nose combines dark berries, roasted coffee and smoked meat. Dense and creamy-sweet in the mouth, with dark chocolate and cocoa powder notes adding interest to the roasted dark berry and game flavors. Doesn't have quite the lift of the 2007 but this is a terrific drink. From a short crop for syrah, said Kongsgaard, who picked these vines on October 7 after throwing out 10% to 15% raisined grapes prior to the harvest and removing the "dry-as-dust" leaves on the west side of the vines "because it would have been hard to pick them out of the must."

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 95

The 2006 Syrah Hudson Vineyard jumps out of the glass with its notes of scorched earth, beef blood, blackberries, black olives, spring flowers, coffee, and roasted meats. Incredibly textured, rich, full-bodied, and long, this beauty must be tasted to be believed. It should evolve for 15 or more years, although few purchasers will be able to defer their gratification.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Score: 94
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/19/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2021
Vortex of black fruit. Spice box, black currant, black pepper, cola, coffee. Strikes the front of the tongue w/ acid and tannin, but provides an extreme length as well.
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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