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2004 Kongsgaard - Syrah (Hudson Vineyard) Syrah - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Syrah
Producer Notes

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... More »

Score
95
IWC 93
WA 90
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2020 WA: 2005-2017
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 132

($150) Saturated medium ruby. Full-blown, varietally expressive nose offers dark berries, smoked meat, soy sauce, game, truffle, gunflint and melted chocolate. Then huge and palate-saturating, with Rhone-like flavors more expressive of the volcanic soil in Hudson's Q block than simple sweet varietal fruits. This is more full-blown and lower in acidity than the young 2005 but the pH is in the 3.8 range, which is lower than most of the top syrahs made from Hudson fruit. Kongsgaard noted that he picks this parcel on the early side. Finishes with big but ripe tannins and superb persistence.

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WA 90
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 168
Drink Dates 2005-2017

Perhaps one of the most idiosyncratic and distinctive Syrahs from California is Kongsgaard's. From a parcel of the large Hudson Vineyard grown in volcanic soils, this wine has a character totally different from anything else I have tasted in California. The 2004 Syrah Hudson Vineyard is the most monolithic wine I have tasted from Kongsgaard. It has outstanding concentration and plenty of graphite, roasted meat, blueberry, mulberry, and almost earthy characteristics, but it does not have the complexity of the fabulous 2003 or the blockbuster 2005.

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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.231%
Tasted On 07/01/2013
Drink Dates 2010-2020

Delicious concentrated dark fruit with spice and a hint of smoke. Still vibrant with plenty of life left.

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