2007 Kongsgaard - VioRous 750ml

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2007 Kongsgaard - VioRous
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($75; a 50/50 blend of viognier and roussanne, co-fermented) Bright color. Compelling aroma of lemon, white peach, minerals, crushed stone and licorice. Dense, spicy and aromatic, with a lovely edge of acidity framing and lifting the creamy flavors of peach nectar, spices, rock and minerals. (The wine goes through full malolactic fermentation, but then neither of these varieties begins with much malic acidity, notes Kongsgaard.) Incidentally, Kongsgaard recommends drinking this wine within two years for its aromatic qualities. This was bottled after ten months in barrel, along with the 2006 chardonnays. Kongsgaard ages it in his two-year-old chardonnay barrels.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Author: DartAdam
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/25/2014
Really underwhelming bottle. I like roussane and CdP Blancs in general. This was just too funky and had a strange aftertaste. Perhaps it was a bad bottle but I know storage was perfect and it didn't have a whiff of vinegar. I have one more in the cellar. Hoping it is much better. Not rating this because I don't have a numerical score for down the drain.

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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