More Vintages and Sizes of Kongsgaard - Chardonnay The Judge:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162
Medium yellow. Nose begins a bit tropical and closed-in but aeration brings great lift from orange rind, lime and iodiney sea breeze. Billowing and weightless on entry, then builds inexorably in the middle palate, showing subtle salty and leesy nuances and powerful crushed-stone minerality. Kongsgaard bottles his chardonnays during the second June or July, when they're beyond the primary, tutti-frutti stage. This extremely backward wine finishes with outstanding grip, piquant citrus lift and great persistence. California chardonnay doesn't get any better than this--and very little Burgundy can equal it either.
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Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2009 Chardonnay The Judge sparkles on the palate with brilliant layers of fruit. It is bright, articulate and beautifully centered from start to finish. There is a weightless richness that is almost impossible to describe for its pure elegance. A dazzling, crystalline finish rounds out the flinty, mineral-drenched notes. This is easily the equal of any Chardonnay being made in the world today.
Author: James Laube
Shows complex aromatics of ripe pear and apple, with subtle
hazelnut and anise notes that are intense yet elegant and detailed,
finishing with pure, ripe green-skinned fruits and honeydew melon.
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