2005 Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge
Chardonnay - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • IWC 98

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2007
The Chardonnay The Judge a special cuvee of 15 barrels (the equivalent of 320-350 cases) is an homage to John Konsgaard's father who was a judge. The 2005 Chardonnay The Judge flirts with perfection. Incredibly intense... The Chardonnay The Judge a special cuvee of 15 barrels (the equivalent of 320-350 cases) is an homage to John Konsgaard's father who was a judge. The 2005 Chardonnay The Judge flirts with perfection. Incredibly intense flowery notes along with a liqueur of honeysuckle and crushed rocks compete with some tropical fruit quince orange and pineapple characteristics. This intensely full fresh lively gorgeous white benefits from 22 months aging in barrel and bottling off the lees unfiltered. John Kongsgaard's Chardonnays come from the family's 9-acre high elevation cool climate Coombsville vineyard in southern Napa. His Syrah's emerge from the Hudson Vineyard a special block that was planted to his specifications.
IWC 98
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2007
(from fruit harvested in passes from the family's rocky vineyard in southeastern Napa Valley) Pale bright green-tinged yellow. Sappy lemon drop crushed stone and smoky oak on the nose; distinctly rocky in character... (from fruit harvested in passes from the family's rocky vineyard in southeastern Napa Valley) Pale bright green-tinged yellow. Sappy lemon drop crushed stone and smoky oak on the nose; distinctly rocky in character. Hugely rich but almost magically sappy and fresh with a powerful minerality framing and intensifying the multidimensional flavors of crystallized pineapple penetrating citrus zest and dried stone fruits. As rich and layered as this is it's not at all over the top. Finishes with ripe citrus character and great minerally persistence. An incredible wine in the making; in this often copious vintage the vines here yielded seven and a half tons of fruit from nine acres according to Kongsgaard. As outstanding a barrel sample of California chardonnay as I can recall ever tasting.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2005