2006 Kongsgaard "Judge"
One-Half Trophy Chard - One-Half Geek Wine
Lowest Price in the World
"One of the most profound Chardonnays made in California."
- Robert Parker
A very short offer today - less than three cases of wine available (though keep in mind only 15 barrels are made in most years).
John Kongsgaard's "Judge" is a ferocious, take-no-prisoner type of Chardonnay. While it has the depth of fruit that can hold its own next to the glossy/sexy likes of Kistler and Aubert, it has more cut, more angles, more minerality (the vineyard was originally bought in the 1920s as a potential quarry site) - more thrust.
For lack of a better description, this is the meanest, most compelling, mineral-studded Chardonnay out of California - one part collector's trophy, one part geek wine.
As you all know, we are Burgundy fanatics before all else. While the "volume" of this wine is all California, there is a rigor and precision that is seriously Burgundian. The vaunted Meursault of Jean-Françoise Coche-Dury is a comparisons made again and again when the "Judge" is on the table.
This is one of the most awe-inspiring Chardonnay's out of California and for those of you still looking for the perfect, rare gift for that special wine lover, well, here you go. We'll even wrap it in a bow.
We've included more from the winery below - information about the *seriously* low yields, natural yeasts, oak treatment - all that good stuff for those who care.
For those who recognize the deal on the table this fine Monday, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (212) 980-9463. All orders are subject to confirmation.
Director of Fine and Rare
Crush Wine & Spirits
From the Kongsgaard website: "THE JUDGE CHARDONNAY NAPA VALLEY is grown on a rocky hillside just east of the town of Napa, which was acquired by John’s grandparents in the 1920’s as a potential quarry site. The extremely rocky ground produces a miniscule crop of around one ton per acre, yielding less than one-half bottle of wine per vine. Robert Parker called this super-concentrated wine "the essence of Chardonnay – one of the most profound Chardonnays made in California." The Judge is fermented in all new, Burgundian oak barrels with the indigenous yeast and bacteria requiring six to twelve months to finish the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. Resting on the primary lees for fifteen months before the first racking, the wine is clarified by gravity. This allows bottling without filtration or fining after nearly two years of barrel age. The wine is named after John's late father who was the judge in Napa County from 1959 to 1985."
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