Blockbuster small-production Syrah from cult winemaker John Kongsgaard. Only 90 cases produced. 99 Points Robert Parker: "The 2012 Syrah is a compelling example of this varietal. It is 100% Syrah, but it smells as if it includes a large quantity of Viognier. Huge notes of flowers, honeysuckle and lavender jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine along with notes of scorched earth, charcoal, smoked meats and a touch of steak tartar. A wine of great intensity and magnificent concentration, it could easily achieve perfection in a few years. Drink now through 2026... ...The mystical John Kongsgaard came out of the Newton winemaking factory where he was mentored by the great Michel Rolland. However, he has had his own operation for many years in the cool Coombsville hills east of the town of Napa. He also uses purchased fruit from some of Napa’s finest growers, particularly the Hudson Vineyard. His estate includes six acres on Atlas Peak and six acres in Coombsville, and he is in the process of clearing another tract for planting. Although his total acreage is small, the wines are artisanal, individualistic and filled with personality and flavor. Anyone who believes Kongsgaard wines are too alcoholic or rich is missing out on some of the world’s most pleasure-filled and complex elixirs."
Huge contrast to the Cayuse, big fruits
Huge contrast to the Cayuse, big fruits9.0
A bit woody but will age well
A bit woody but will age well9.3
Don’t get a chance to drink this one very often. Spotted it on the list and knew it was a gem from the first taste. Incredible.
Don’t get a chance to drink this one very often. Spotted it on the list and knew it was a gem from the first taste. Incredible.9.9