Vintage Notes

The Judge 2018 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyis another exquisite vintage with its laser clarity and aromas of crème brûlée, marzipan and orange blossom.  Antonio Galloni admired its “incredible precision” and described it as “truly magical.”  Lisa Perrotti-Brown in The Wine Advocate found it, “Very pure, very delineated and wonderfully chalky at the very end.”  The stony flavors resonate around the rich flinty core, suggesting The Judge’s Burgundian antecedents. 310 cases produced, $225/bottle.

Chardonnay 2018 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyis both opulent and energetic, embracing all of Chardonnay’s splendor.  Peach and honey rise over the toasty brioche aromas, and the density of mineral flavors extend to the end of the wine’s exalted long finish.  The Wine Advocate noted that the “palate has electric intensity,” and described our “classically forged Chardonnays” as “consistently jaw-droppingly incredible.” 2,200 cases produced, $100/bottle.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyis grown in the vineyards around the winery on the eastern rim of the Valley and powerfully expresses the minerality of the variety.  Classic Bordeaux-style graphite leads the explosive array of exotic fragrances.  The Wine Advocate raves that the aromas are “singing of freshly crushed black cherries, and blackberry pie,” and noted “the palate delivers mouth-coating, black fruit with a firm backbone of ripe grainy tannins.” 240 cases produced, $200/bottle.

Syrah 2018 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyhails from 2.7 acres on the Hudson ranch in Carneros where the mineral rich soil and the coastal climate bring the most intense qualities of Syrah into focus: classic aromas of black pepper, smoked meat, orange peel and rose petals; juicy vibrant flavors; and an intense core of silky tannin.  Summing up his vertical tasting, Stephen Tanzer concluded that Kongsgaard Syrah is “arguably California’s greatest single Syrah bottling.” 375 cases produced, $200/bottle.

Viognier 2019 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyis the second bottling from one exceptional acre here at the winery.  Many vintners have searched the New World for a perfect spot to plant this fastidious variety; we are elated to have found one.  Look for the exquisite full range of stone fruit aromas and then the flavor of fresh peach on the pallet.  This Viognier’s signature silky-rich texture leads to its firmly structured finish.  Think Condrieu. 35 cases produced, $100/bottle.

Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyis grown in the cool east-facing corner of our mountain property with the morning sun and afternoon shade essential for encouraging the subtle intensity inherent in Sauvignon Blanc.  The ethereal floral aromas and the exciting tension of grapefruit and melon flavors on the palate are preserved by bottling the wine with just 10 months of aging in neutral barrels—unlike the Chardonnays which benefit from a second year in the barrel. 95 cases produced, $100/bottle.

KINGS FARMwines are the “little brothers and sisters” of the Kongsgaard wines and are occasionally bottled in small quantities and offered to our mailing list customers in a special spring offering.  Learn More

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