2007 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay 750ml

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WA 95   IWC 94   Collector 99
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The 2007 Chardonnay possesses abundant aromas of white peaches, citrus blossoms, crushed rocks (think liquid minerality), and honeyed tropical fruit presented in a full-bodied wine with good acidity, depth, and length. It should drink well for a decade.

Drink Dates: 2009-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($75) Good full yellow. Meursault-like aromas of lemon, nutmeg, minerals and butterscotch, along with a subtle leesy quality ("Frenchie" style, says Kongsgaard). Then seriously concentrated, minerally and deep, with powerful stone fruit flavors perfectly framed by ripe acidity. This boasts terrific sweetness of fruit. "A great year for us," says Kongsgaard about 2007.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 99
Author: cochrane78
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 05/24/2011

Average rating: 95, based on 3 reviews
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919 bottles owned by 185 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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