Kongsgaard Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

$114

96+ Points - Rare                   One of California's most sought-after Chardonnays!  Extremely limited Kongsgaard's 2017 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. 96+ Points Robert Parker:  "Coming from the Hudson and Hyde vineyards, the barrel sample of 2017 Chardonnay opens with notes of lemon drops, lime cordial and fresh grapefruit with hints of fresh ginger, toasted almonds, honeysuckle and mandarin peel. Full-bodied and super tight-knit with amazing freshness and layers of densely packed citrus flavors, the finish is epically long and a zesty. Wow.... ...John Kongsgaard had finished harvest prior to the fires in 2017. While the Atlas Peak fire came dangerously close, the winery was spared and the vineyards received just minimal damage."

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Ratings on Delectable

Lee Pitofsky Delectable Pro

Rich and full body showing strong intensity and power. Pineapple core, exotic citrus fruits and hints of orange skin and marzipan. Length is exceptional as is its depth. Decant.

Rich and full body showing strong intensity and power. Pineapple core, exotic citrus fruits and hints of orange skin and marzipan. Length is exceptional as is its depth. Decant.

9.4

Jay Eagan Delectable Pro

Such a good Chardonnay - lemon curd and honeysuckle tones with a hint of oak.

Such a good Chardonnay - lemon curd and honeysuckle tones with a hint of oak.

9.4

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Lots of sour lemons, lime candy, overripe pineapple, apricots, green & golden apple-more green, beeswax, honeysuckle, butterscotch, thick & a little gluey, white spice with heat, solid structure/backbone, buttered popcorn, cream, lots of chalkiness, volcanic minerals, oak char, limestone with fruit blossoms, jasmine & yellow lilies. The acidity is round & nicely executed. The long round, well balanced, polished finish is delicious and persists for minutes. Over chilled it, decanted it 40 minutes. These will benefit from 5-7 years in bottle. Curious about the 17 vintage. Have additional bottles for later. Thanksgiving part II.

Lots of sour lemons, lime candy, overripe pineapple, apricots, green & golden apple-more green, beeswax, honeysuckle, butterscotch, thick & a little gluey, white spice with heat, solid structure/backbone, buttered popcorn, cream, lots of chalkiness, volcanic minerals, oak char, limestone with fruit blossoms, jasmine & yellow lilies. The acidity is round & nicely executed. The long round, well balanced, polished finish is delicious and persists for minutes. Over chilled it, decanted it 40 minutes. These will benefit from 5-7 years in bottle. Curious about the 17 vintage. Have additional bottles for later. Thanksgiving part II.

9.4

Justin Bothur Delectable Pro

Classic fresh golden apple, apricot, pineapple cake, a bit of thyme. Full bodied with incredibly long finish. Oak spice and integrated if a bit heavy.

Classic fresh golden apple, apricot, pineapple cake, a bit of thyme. Full bodied with incredibly long finish. Oak spice and integrated if a bit heavy.

8.8

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