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93-95 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Full bright yellow-gold. Knockout nose combines lemon, peach...Read more...
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Heavily oaked aromas yet the palate is light and slightly floral. Very clean, bright and featuring a crisp citrus acidity. Lingering finish of grap... Read more
Balanced and elegant with tones of nuttiness, honey, and citrus. Read more
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Heavily oaked aromas yet the palate is light and slightly floral. Very clean, bright and featuring a crisp citrus acidity. Lingering finish of grapefruit that I would love to pair with a mellow cheese -- there's enough of a nutty character there to support food. I would rate this wine higher but I find it fairly flat and academic (textbook Chardonnay). It's very clean but -- I wish it had more character! But wow, does it linger...
Balanced and elegant with tones of nuttiness, honey, and citrus.
A fantastic Chardonnay if you can afford it! Then again, there has to be a higher cost since the process is so complex (no fining or filtration in bottling, grapes spent 20-22 months on their lees), etc. Put this baby away f or 5-7 years if you like!
As good as it gets in Napa! Second only to the Judge.
External Reviews for Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley
Gold-tinged yellow color; deeper than the 2010. Wilder, soil-driven aromas of peach pit, menthol and minerals, with primary fruits in the deep background. All about minerality and penetrating acidity today, with a strongly saline lemony quality giving the mid-palate a seriously juicy character. Finishes very long, with a hint of gunpowder. This has the grip of a top Puligny. A great showing, but not for drinking now.
The 2009 Chardonnay is breathtaking. It shows gorgeous layers of fruit intermingled with French oak in a dazzling expression of varietal Chardonnay aromas and flavors. It is weightless, elegant and totally harmonious; in a word — fabulous. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2019.
Pure and focused, with complex hazelnut, green apple, floral and citrus notes that are young and vibrant. Cleansing, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2019.
93-95 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Full bright yellow-gold. Knockout nose combines lemon, peach, hazelnut and smoky lees. Then tighter in the mouth than the open nose suggests, showing superb density and snap and a compellingly tactile texture. Finishes with electric acidity and sneaky palate-staining persistence. This will need patience. Kongsgaard adds a bit of SO2 to his wines to retard the malolactic fermentations but then does not add any more again until after the following vintage, in an attempt 'to allow everything that's going to oxidize to oxidize.' This, he says, gives his wines a nutty, leesy, aldehytic character, often with the early gunpowder quality of the wines of Coche-Dury. He practices 'a fairly aggressive lees stirring regimen,' explaining that the lees essentially fine the wine. (May/Jun 2013)
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