2001 Kongsgaard - Syrah (Hudson Vineyard) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

($125; always from the same 2.3-acre parcel within Hudson Vineyard) Saturated ruby. Knockout Northern Rhone-like aromas of raspberry, bacon fat, minerals, cocoa powder, pepper and licorice. Superconcentrated, saline and distinctly dry, with flavors of berry liqueur, dark chocolate and licorice. Almost painfully intense and a bit clenched today. But this expanded impressively with extended time in the open bottle. In its flavors, texture and structure, this is midway between Cote-Rotie and Hermitage.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The 2001 Syrah may be the finest yet produced by Kongsgaard. It is a dead ringer for a more exotic version of Chapoutier's great Le Pavillon (from 80+ year old vines planted in granite soils on the Hermitage Hill). Aromas of white chocolate, ground pepper, blackberries, cassis liqueur, and flowers (lilacs?) is followed by a wine of great density, a certain exoticism, and powerful, thick, huge flavors oozing with extract, glycerin, and personality. There is also considerable tannin as well as decent acidity. This is about as close to a northern Rhone as Kongsgaard Syrahs get. Look for this 2001 to tighten up considerably, and be at its finest between 2007-2020.

Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: Red Sox Fan
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/01/2015
Drink Dates: 2015
Soft and enjoyable for about 2 hours after opening, then tannins began to turn harsh. Drink up.

Rating: 89
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 01/15/2013

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Rating: 91
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/17/2012
Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Site Blog: The Wine Forum I have not had this young, so I do not have context as to how this wine has aged, but I ws NOT looking for a huge fruit bomb and happily that is NOT what I got. However, I do not think this will get that much better if at all. Color: Showing mature maroon edges, a dark red core, when swirled the mature red really shows Nose: Tar, roast beef, bacon fat, spice, currants, tobacco, this was good to go after being open 30 minutes. Palate: Fine to medium grain tannins, juicy and full textures, decently long finish, 30+ seconds.

Rating: 95
Author: Kjartan
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/25/2011

Rating: 92
Author: murban
Trust Rating: 82
Tasted On: 05/16/2009
started out overly jammy and tannic out of the bottle but opened up beautifully w/ good balance and dark fruit overtones.

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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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