Vintage Notes

The Judge 2016 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyis grown in our five acre, extremely rocky vineyard, which John and Maggy planted in the 1970s on the old family ranch east of Napa. These naturally shy-bearing vines yield only one ton per acre, producing a wine of extreme concentration. Over the years, both Parker and Galloni have described it as the best California Chardonnay in their experience. We are thrilled with the 2016’s intense minerality, formidable structure, and nearly endless finish. The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown gave it the possibility of a perfect score when she tasted the barrel sample and found that it “delivers a lot of power matched by energy, finishing long and savory.” 300 cases produced, $200/bottle

Chardonnay 2016 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyoffers an exalted combination of richness and focus. It comes on with a big blast of stone fruit and citrus zest and the high notes in the aroma lead you to a delirious array of flavors in the finish. Antonio Galloni called it “A wine of breadth and resonance…shaping up to be a jewel of a wine.” It hales from our long-standing Carneros growers Hudson and Hyde. Like The Judge, this Chardonnay spends 22 months in barrel before bottling and it has developed into a truly delicious mouthful. Perrotti-Brown was right to call it “exuberant.” 1850 cases produced, $100/bottle

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Kongsgaard Napa Valleydisplays the magnitude of the vintage, marked by the glorious energy that comes from the perfect balance of fruit, tannin, richness, and acidity. This is a grand creature draped in velvet; you sense the power, but its gentle demeanor makes it attractive, and the first impression is of inviting richness. Galloni found it “electric, dazzling” and noted that it “offers a super-appealing interplay of lifted savory notes, dense fruit and perky energy that gives the wine its sense of focus.” 235 cases produced, $180/bottle

The Fimasaurus 2016 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyis a co-fermentation of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and a deeply expressive powerhouse like its namesake, Fima Bronfman, the great Uzbek pianist. Galloni found it to be “endowed with magnificent aromatic intensity, depth and a distinctly vertical sense of structure.” Here you sense waves of tannin, which are nearly concealed by layers of strikingly rich and dark fruit. 95 cases produced, $180/bottle

Merlot 2016 Kongsgaard Napa Valleycomes from a two-acre vineyard adjacent to the winery, which in its old age, displays perfect viticultural balance with its one and a half tons per acre crop. This wine resembles its antecedents in Pomerol with silky tannin and the alluring aromas of cassis, violets, and dark chocolate. Merlot is a crucial component of our Cabernet bottling and makes up half of The Fimasaurus blend. In this extraordinary, two-barrel selection, you see the pure Merlot in all of its glory. When Parker tasted the 2012, he called it: “stunning…full-throttled and opulent.” 42 cases produced, $180/bottle

Syrah 2016 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyis a sublime expression of our 2½-acre block at the Hudson Vineyard in the Napa Carneros, which we have been fine-tuning for 20 years. Galloni described the 2016 as “fabulous” adding, “textbook Syrah from John and Alex Kongsgaard. In other words, about as good as it gets.” Galloni further noted “stunning richness and volume.” Reporting on a vertical tasting for Vinous, Stephen Tanzer called it “arguably California’s greatest single Syrah bottling.” We find the black pepper, smoke, and game on the nose as exciting as the seemingly endless, savory finish. 245 cases produced, $180/bottle

VioRous 2017 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyis a blend of Viognier and Roussanne, our favorite white Rhone varietals. In the early 2000s, the wine was a 50/50 blend from the original planting at the Judge vineyard. We are now making a sublime pure Viognier from the vineyard at the winery, which we blend with the Viognier and Roussanne from The Judge vineyard resulting in the wine now having a majority of Viognier. You will see that the result is pretty astonishing. 2016 was the first vintage with these proportions and Galloni found “a measure of translucence and purity that previous vintages have not shown.” To preserve its freshness, this wine is fermented in older barrels and always bottled after just 8 months. We recommend enjoying it in its vibrant youth, but the aged bottles are unique and marvelous with cheese or fruit dessert and are among our favorite wines. 65 cases produced, $100/bottle

Albariño 2017 Kongsgaard Napa Valleyhas alluring aromas of white flowers, crushed rock, and lime zest. Its bracing and textured finish is supported by mouthwatering acidity. The Albariño is grown on a steep, rocky, bay-facing 3/4 acre in Carneros and is fermented in very old oak barrels and bottled after nine months on the lees. No critics have tasted the just-bottled Albariño, but we can report that Robert Parker called our inaugural vintage “the finest Albariño I have tasted from California,” and Antonio Galloni hailed it to be “in a class of its own.” It is available only in New York and California restaurants. 62 cases produced

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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