Kongsgaard Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California 2015

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Kongsgaard Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California 2015

132.00

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): "The 2015 Chardonnays are incredibly concentrated, as you might expect because of the low yields. He makes two cuvées – his Napa cuvée and the homage to his father, The Judge. Both are made from low-yielding Old Wente clonal selections. The 2015 Chardonnay, which is two-thirds Hudson clone and one-third Hyde clone, offers plenty of muscle, rich, extracted honeysuckle, orange blossom, tangerine oil and crushed/powdered rock in a full-bodied, rather large-scaled effort reminiscent of truly profound Grand Cru from Burgundy, the likes of which we don’t really see anymore. However, they certainly appear in increasing numbers from great terroirs in California. This wine has spent its time for nearly two years in 80% new French oak prior to being bottled unfiltered." (96-98) points

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): "The 2015 Chardonnay is super-polished, refined and delicate. Even though the wine was sulfured about a month before this tasting, the flavors are remarkably pure. On the palate, the 2015 feels a bit linear, but that is almost certainly attributable to the sulfur. Candied lemon peel, white flowers and mint grace the exquisite, nuanced finish. John Kongsgaard adds that the fermentations were very slow in 2015 for this wine." (93-95) points

Decanter:
“John Kongsgaard learned his craft at Coche-Dury and Lafon in Burgundy, then Stag’s Leap. His ultra-lean and minerally Chardonnays manage to be both powerful and refined. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2028.” 95 points

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