2008 Kongsgaard - Syrah (Hudson Vineyard) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Good full ruby-red. Sappy aromas of dark berries, black cherry and mocha; slightly liqueur-like. A concentrated fruit bomb in the mouth, with a compelling sweetness to its dark plum, black raspberry, spice and licorice flavors. Can't quite match the 2009 for mineral-driven complexity, but firm acidity gives shape to this mouthfilling syrah. This should be perfect at about age seven.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The 2008 Syrah from a special, 3-acre parcel of the Hudson Vineyard planted in volcanic soils reveals abundant steak tartare/meaty notes intermixed with notions of smoked herbs, bacon, black currants, plums and Asian spices. This full-bodied, complex Syrah should be consumed over the next 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Average rating: 93, based on 2 reviews
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84 bottles owned by 24 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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