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2011 Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge

  • 95 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 94 IWC
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SKU: 83637-2011-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Bright medium yellow. Musky aromas of stone fruits, stone and nutty oak, plus a whiff of game. Large-scaled, tactile and sweet; a bit less precise today than the Napa bottling owing to its amazing amount of baby fat, but the wine's depth and sweetness of fruit and outstanding length suggest it will be spectacular with a few years of bottle age. Finishes with an almost roasted hint and a remarkably chewy quality. The yield here was under a ton an acre in 2011, according to Kongsgaard. I'm not finding quite the stoniness or electric citric verve shown by a barrel sample a year ago, but this is a huge mouthful of chardonnay.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Offers a strikingly rich yet subtle mix of Chardonnay scents, with glazed crAme brA¯lAce
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2011 Chardonnay The Judge is more evolved, complex and seductive, with plenty of honeysuckle, roasted nuts, and marmalade notes intermixed with citrus oil and orange blossom. Although it doesnƒA?A?t have the size and foundation of the 2012, this beauty is still a knock-out Chardonnay.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Exceptional. Complex and weightless, at least compared to its competition from Peter Michael and Aubert.
    Author: Red Sox Fan
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 71 bottles owned
  • 22 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 22 collectors)