2004 Kongsgaard - Syrah (Hudson Vineyard) 750ml

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IWC 93   WA 90   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

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.

Drink Dates: 2005-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
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.

Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews
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411 bottles owned by 137 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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