2004 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay 750ml

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IWC 93   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($75) Fairly pale color. Distinctly more exotic and gamey aromas than the very young 2005, offering butterscotch, truffle, earth, baking spices and smoky oak. Then suave, sweet and wonderfully full, with more obvious ripeness and thickness of texture than the '05. This is stuffed with material and finishes very long, broad and sweet. "The 2004 is to drink while the 2005 is to save," comments Kongsgaard.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 05/08/2009

Rating: 94
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/20/2009
Drink Dates: 2006-2010
starting to show some age, but still delicious; ridh golden color with lots of butterscotch now predominant.

Rating: 93
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/19/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Golden straw. Meyer lemon flavored limestone boulder, doused in petrol, and wrapped in a honeyed and aloed vanilla bean.

Rating: 92
Author: qiiidad
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/24/2008
honey, crushed rocks...needs some more time

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

1466 bottles owned by 275 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: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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