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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 5 
ProducerKongsgaard (web)
DesignationThe Judge
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2016 (based on 12 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 95 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 70 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by mclanew on 6/30/2014 & rated 98 points: Another stunning bottle of this. Burst of flavor, minerality yet maintaining a balance and subtlety reminiscent of the best burgundies. (1402 views)
 Tasted by RCCVINO on 1/12/2014 & rated 98 points: We enjoyed this last night with another couple and it was amazing! Yes, it's very pricey but it was on par, or superior, to Marcassin's, Marcassin Vineyard, which is my reference point for Cali Chards that get better with age. I'll be buying more when the 2012's are offered to the mailing list. (1805 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 1/11/2014 flawed bottle: Oxidized. (1740 views)
 Tasted by slywka7 on 1/11/2014 & rated 97 points: Wine Dinner at Collyer Catering In Westport, CT. (Collyer Catering): Super excited to try this for the first time and it did not disappoint. Awesome nose of ripe peach, orange marmalade, tropical fruit, stone and mineral. The wine was a full bodied Chardonnay but not too heavy or over-extracted in any way. This delivered flavors of butterscotch, marshmallow, tropical fruits with a touch of mineral on the long finish. Great acidity. One of the best Chardonnay's I have ever had. (1916 views)
 Tasted by mclanew on 12/25/2013 & rated 97 points: It doesn't get much better than this. Drinking perfectly. Burgundian like flavors of tropical fruits, white flowers and minerals. Layers of flavor. Great body and finish. (1741 views)
 Tasted by Bob & Sue Atlanta on 8/18/2013 & rated 92 points: Lets just say I was underwhelmed. I prefer older chardonnays. I would think that an expensive wine of this pedigree (burgundian style no less), would be alive and kicking - this was mature and a little tired. I can think a a dozen California chardonnays from this vintage that are just starting to peak, but not this one. The wine had a golden color and a slight hint of oxidation. I think it's fading fast. Probably best two years ago.

Not sure why I bought this wine from the winery (and stored at 58 degrees ever since).

One comment. This has to be the cheapest bottle option available. Not that it matters, but this is a $175 bottle of wine! (1398 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 6/15/2013 & rated 96 points: Great complexity, extraction, minerals, citrus and a long long finish. Very good! (500 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 5/27/2013 & rated 94 points: Consistently great (1235 views)
 Tasted by hjurist on 4/14/2013 & rated 96 points: This was the fifth bottle of this wine I have had the pleasure of drinking. The best was about two years ago, and was memorable. This bottle was not nearly as good, and seemed clearly past its prime, but a poignant reminder of a great wine. If you have any, drink now. (1311 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 3/4/2013 & rated 98 points: At Recettte in NYC with Ray and CVA . Great meal, great staff and one of the few in NYC that are corkage friendly. Couldn't resist sharing this one.

Burgundian style Chardonnay from Calif that really pulls it off. Medium gold color, fragrant nose. Wine is very ripe now, rounds out after about 30 minutes. After it opens, it really kicks into that burgundian roundness, integrated with oak on the back palate.

This is very expensive wine, if you are up for treating yourself, its worth it. This particular bottle was among the best CA Chards I have tasted. Its outstanding now but has the stuffing to go for a while. (1590 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 1/3/2013 & rated 94 points: Burgundian style, but distinctly CA. Ripe, the oak is held well in check, beautiful balance, nice minerality, looong finish. Our CA Chardonnay fan "did not get it," which is all you need to know! Have not had enough of these to project, but my guess is that it will age like a top Burgundy. (1775 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 8/26/2012 & rated 96 points: Athens Wine Event, August 2012; 8/25/2012-8/26/2012 (Athens, Greece): would have opted to decant this.
Big, lush and dense wine but has none of the overdone features that usually come with modern wines. The colour is dark honey much like an aged burgundy to start. On the nose it has meursault-esque notes, with fruit, minerality and light oak on the background ( a bit of alcohol notes too from the 14%+ ). Wonderful nose and we kept going back and back checking it over the 2 hours of the dinner. Vibrant and lush on the palate, with a touch of glycerin density, mineral and very complex. This is a superb wine. Great to drink now but def has the stuffing to evolve more. 96+ (2326 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 5/26/2012 & rated 94 points: This is what I am talking about - great balance, luscious fruit, good acid and long finish. Yum (1915 views)
 Tasted by phenricsson on 4/30/2012 & rated 96 points: Superb wine. Rich, great balance, acidity, fruit. (2185 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 2/4/2012 & rated 97 points: This is a wonderful wine. Color, clarity, bouquet, and the taste...enjoy (2173 views)
 Tasted by St Paul on 1/20/2012 & rated 97 points: Wow1 What a power! My tasting buddies had this fown as a Montrachet. I was pretty sure it was an american wine but I do not mean that in a negative way. This wine has a lot of class. Great fruit and complexity. Big big chardonnay. What it does not have though, is the minerality and elegance as a great Montrachet delivers. A top wine though. (2199 views)
 Tasted by spts1000 on 10/15/2011 & rated 94 points: very good. a little hint of oak. (2362 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/9/2011 & rated 95 points: I opened this and poured out a glass which seemed a bit tight. Recorked and stored overnight in the refrigerator. The next night it was absolutely wonderful-- golden color, rich nose, slightly vanilla on the palate and strong finish. This is just about as close to perfect as California Chardonnay can get and approaching the finesse of the very finest white Burgundies. (2380 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 8/10/2011 & rated 95 points: Another refreshing bottle. Enjoy. (2573 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 8/8/2011 & rated 95 points: This is a great bottle of wine. Very refreshing and a pleasure to drink. (2489 views)
 Tasted by jshufelt on 5/27/2011 & rated 93 points: Pop and pour. In the glass, pale and relatively clear yellow-gold. On the nose, hints of apricot and lychee. On the palate, equal portions of lychee, pears, minerals, and oak, with a soft, creamy texture. The highlight of this wine is the texture; I would have gone higher with the score, but the oak is there, and became somewhat stronger as the night went on. Very nice chard, but not clear to me that it's worth the premium. (2731 views)
 Tasted by mmmmWine on 12/11/2010 & rated 97 points: Line-up for my wife's b-day dinner at Providence on Melrose: 2005 Kongsgaard Chardonnay "The Judge", 2002 Marcassin Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard, 2001 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000 Chateau Palmer Margaux, 2004 Futo Cabernet Sauvignon. (3943 views)
 Tasted by Chuck Miller on 12/6/2010: Served very cold out of an ice bucket, this smelled far less oaky than the only previous bottle of Kongsgaard Chardonnay I've ever had, but as it warmed the oakiness became more obvious. Finished hot (alcoholic), definitely not my cup of tea. (3430 views)
 Tasted by pmk on 11/29/2010 & rated 95 points: an extraordinary chardonnay, most notable for its finish which is creamy and log lasting with lychee nut and fruit elements. Nicely balanced between fruit and mineerality, with a strong stones element and acidity to balance the fruit. We loved it - but got it as a goft. Not sure it is worth the full price. (3403 views)
 Tasted by loafer on 10/9/2010 & rated 93 points: At first there was a bit of oak. The wine seemed to be somewhat closed. After one hour in the glass, the wine opened up to more acidity and minerals. May be it needs more time? (3683 views)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Terroir Matters - Updated (Nov 2013)
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Vinous, May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138
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Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
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