Kongsgaard Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

$159.99

98 Points - Rare                   One of California's most sought-after Chardonnays!  Extremely limited Kongsgaard's 2015 Chardonnay Napa Valley is a blend from blocks of the Hudson and Hyde vineyards in the cool Napa Carneros. The Hudson vines provide the extravagant richness and the peach pit and almond aromatic intensity. The Hyde vineyard contributes to the mineral depth of the wine and the super high tones in the aroma.  The unusually long barrel-ageing regime encompasses the slow fermentation and the subsequent very gentle exposure to oxygen, which both prepares the wine for graceful bottle ageing and unifies the wine’s diverse character into one complex voice. 98 Points 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....Part mystic, part great winemaker and long-time veteran of the Napa Valley wine scene, John Kongsgaard continues to turn out a bevy of exciting and compelling wines from his family’s vineyards high in the cool, rocky soils of Coombsville in the southeastern sector of Napa Valley."

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Ratings on Delectable

Bryce Wiatrak Delectable Pro

Ending this morning’s flight with an iconic Napa white. Creamy, and bountiful it sings of California, without losing its pillared acid structure. Squash blossom, cereal grains, ripe yellow apple skin - the liquid embodiment of the golden West Coast sun.

Ending this morning’s flight with an iconic Napa white. Creamy, and bountiful it sings of California, without losing its pillared acid structure. Squash blossom, cereal grains, ripe yellow apple skin - the liquid embodiment of the golden West Coast sun.

9.3

David L Delectable Pro

15’ Decant & serve slightly below room temperature

15’ Decant & serve slightly below room temperature

9.5

Jeffrey Long

Happy 60th birthday fat boy!

Happy 60th birthday fat boy!

9.5

Adam Gäfvert

Exklusiv smakprofil. Kittlande mineral med mogna gröna äpplen, kola, vanilj och krut. Rund munkänsla och lyxig längd.

Exklusiv smakprofil. Kittlande mineral med mogna gröna äpplen, kola, vanilj och krut. Rund munkänsla och lyxig längd.

9.3

Aaron Rankin

Popping this baby on account of it being my first Kongsgaard. Had to know if I should keep buying. This may be young but it’s already a determined bad boy. Looking forward to trying this with substantial age.

Popping this baby on account of it being my first Kongsgaard. Had to know if I should keep buying. This may be young but it’s already a determined bad boy. Looking forward to trying this with substantial age.

9.5

Mark Flesher

About what I rated the 09 in 2012 and the 14 in 2017. And I think I had a 12 not too long ago. These chards are good but this one particularly didn't hold a candle to a 14 Aubert Ritchie Chard. Hopefully not bottle variation on a 2015... Seemed to just not have a whole lot there. And I don't think it's because it is too astringent...the Judge wines seem to definitely rock it though. I got ahold of this one probably an hour after it had been open.

About what I rated the 09 in 2012 and the 14 in 2017. And I think I had a 12 not too long ago. These chards are good but this one particularly didn't hold a candle to a 14 Aubert Ritchie Chard. Hopefully not bottle variation on a 2015... Seemed to just not have a whole lot there. And I don't think it's because it is too astringent...the Judge wines seem to definitely rock it though. I got ahold of this one probably an hour after it had been open.

9.2

Shana Beal

Thanksgiving kickoff

Thanksgiving kickoff

9.8

Tony Chen

It is awesome, finally taste Kongsgaard Chardonnay.last night dinner at Andrea in Newport Beach.

It is awesome, finally taste Kongsgaard Chardonnay.last night dinner at Andrea in Newport Beach.

9.7

Mike Evans

Almost painfully intense, essence of banana Now & Later with a lemon twist.

Almost painfully intense, essence of banana Now & Later with a lemon twist.

8.5

Wade Chambers

Full bodied Chard! Loving it ...

Full bodied Chard! Loving it ...

9.2

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.