2006 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay The Judge 750ml

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2006 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay The Judge
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($175) Bright greenish-yellow. Reticent aromas of citrus peel and butterscotch, plus a whiff of exotic fruits. Dense, dry and light on its feet, with strong rocky and saline elements that give the wine more lift and aromatic persistence than the 2006 Napa bottling. Complex, classic and very long. Kongsgaard describes the Judge as a tannic vineyard. "The wine's Chablis-like acidity is really partly a function of the tannins," he explained, adding that he uses most Damy barrels (100% new) for their subtlety.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Score: 97
Author: NCL
Trust Rating: 98
Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Score: 96
Author: DaveF
Tasted On: 02/11/2014
Score: 98
Author: Freedom1095
Tasted On: 04/15/2012

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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