2008 Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge

2008 Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge

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  • Chardonnay
  • 750ML
  • WA 97
  • IWC 95
  • WS 92

Reviews for 2008 Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge

WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2010
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... 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.Part viticultural evangelist part wine wizard and part musical composer John Kongsgaard remains one of the more singular personalities and interesting wine producers of Napa Valley. I have written many times about his "death and resurrection" theory of winemaking and whether one agrees or disagrees with him is irrelevant. The proof is in vino veritas and that's exactly what he does year in and year out. With the exception of his Syrah from the Hudson Vineyard and his Cabernet Sauvignon from David Abreu's vineyards in St. Helena everything is produced from the estate vineyard a 6-acre parcel high in the mountains off Coombsville Road. For a number of years Kongsgaard has produced a small quantity (200 cases) of a Chardonnay called The Judge (an homage to his father). Although it is aged in 100% new oak for at least 20 months it reveals no evidence of wood. Like the regular Chardonnay The Judge is made from an Old Wente clone of Chardonnay that is believed to have come from cuttings of the Corton-Charlemagne holdings of Louis Latour at least fifty years ago. Kongsgaard's touch with Bordeaux varietals is not as magical as it is with Chardonnay and Syrah. Nevertheless these are still outstanding efforts and I think his 2009 Proprietary Red will match his finest vintage to date the 2007.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2011
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... 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.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2011
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 now through 2017. 400... 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 now through 2017. 400 cases made.