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Aabalat USD 407.55 750ml

Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley the Judge 2004

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Is the usual blend of Kongsgaard, Hudson and Hyde vineyards. Like The Judge, this wine spends 22 months in the barrel in which it was fermented. The idea of the long barrel aging is to bring out the mineral character and allow the fruit to loom in the background. Parker noted the “smoky terroir-like earthiness, terrific acidity, and laser-like precision,” and found the aroma to show “ripe poached pear and a hint of orange blossom.” This Chardonnay fermented for 14 months – the indigenous yeast worked slowly but steadily and the fruit of their struggle is the extravagantly opulent and complex finish.

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Kongsgaard Wine:
Fifth-generation Napa natives John and Maggy Kongsgaard produce The Judge, Chardonnay, VioRous, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Shy-bearing vineyards and traditional low-intervention winemaking techniques produce powerful, graceful wines — 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 so... Read more
Fifth-generation Napa natives John and Maggy Kongsgaard produce The Judge, Chardonnay, VioRous, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Shy-bearing vineyards and traditional low-intervention winemaking techniques produce powerful, graceful wines — 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 the Napa 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. Read less

Member Reviews for Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley the Judge

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Snooth User: Matthew MacVicar
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4.50 5
03/30/2014

About as good as a Californian chard gets.


Snooth User: Terence Pang
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4.50 5
05/08/2012

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley the Judge

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 2004 Chardonnay The Judge has more of everything than the regular bottling, including concentration, perfume, structure, and richness. This surreal Chardonnay has very few peers in California. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2004 Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/12/2011

Wilder, more reduced nose than the 2005, with notes of mocha, smoke and nutty oak. Then broad, dry and full: this is almost too big for the mouth. This glyceral-thick chardonnay boasts staggering volume, but in spite of its almost exotic thickness an... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2004 Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge 750ml



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Is the usual blend of Kongsgaard, Hudson and Hyde vineyards. Like The Judge, this wine spends 22 months in the barrel in which it was fermented. The idea of the long barrel aging is to bring out the mineral character and allow the fruit to loom in the background. Parker noted the “smoky terroir-like earthiness, terrific acidity, and laser-like precision,” and found the aroma to show “ripe poached pear and a hint of orange blossom.” This Chardonnay fermented for 14 months – the indigenous yeast worked slowly but steadily and the fruit of their struggle is the extravagantly opulent and complex finish.

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