October 13, 2015 – 2nd edition
John Kongsgaard is a legendary winemaker in Napa Valley – known for making incredibly distinctive wines packed with personality (and for blasting classical music so loud that neighbors miles away can hear what he’s listening to). Kongsgaard (formerly the winemaker for Newton Vineyards) started his own winery in 1996, and among all of his immaculate wines, I love this one the best. For starters, it’s like smelling Christmas – pine boughs, mulling spices, cranberries, a wood fire, but then comes the flavors – layers and layers of fruit, black pepper, black olives, and violet-like flowers, and a salty minerality that makes Syrah so compelling. Needless to say perhaps, but roast lamb is in order.