2008 Kongsgaard - Chardonnay The Judge 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

Bright, pale yellow-green. Pungent flinty minerality, underripe apricot and brown spices on the nose. Plush and rich but with terrific cut and definition to the stone fruit flavors. Best today on the rising, extremely long finish, which displays almost salty acidity and a brisk grapefruit note. Kongsgaard believes that this wine has more fat to buffer its tannins than the 2008 Judge, and that it will be best for medium-term drinking.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The 2008 Chardonnay The Judge is exquisite. Full-bodied with layer upon layer of ripe stone fruits, crushed rocks, and floral notes, it is a honeyed, super-rich Chardonnay displaying a hint of tropical fruits in the long, 40-second finish (a remarkable length for a Chardonnay). This brilliant effort should last for 8-10 years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

A delicate, understated style, with notes of green apple, pear, spice and light cedary oak leading to a full body. Flavors slowly build on the finish, where this white's minerally attributes shine.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube


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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: Kjartan
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/22/2012

Rating: 98
Author: cochrane78
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 01/08/2012

Rating: 95
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/10/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2017
On the same night, drunk after his regular Cuvee. More of everything than his regular Chardonnay. Needs more time to develop the usual secondary flavors that The Judge is known for, like tropical fruits. Long finish.

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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.

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