2001 Kongsgaard - Syrah (Hudson Vineyard) 750ml

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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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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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Collector Reviews For This Wine

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

Rating: 94
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/28/2015
More like a Northern Rhone Syrah, fully mature, soft tannins, elegant--not a fruit bomb. Still a good finish, but drink now

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: 91
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 98
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: 89
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 01/15/2013

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Average rating: 95, based on 7 reviews
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513 bottles owned by 181 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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