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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 8 
ProducerKongsgaard (web)
DesignationThe Judge
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2014 (based on 8 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 92.5 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 70 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by walkerjfw on 12/30/2015 & rated 92 points: Belated 50th Birthday Dinner w/Wendy and Joe (Princeton, NJ): First wine of the evening with cheeses and pesto. Chilled and decanted for about an hour prior to drinking, makes a big difference with this wine. Last bottle from a batch bought from the winery

Deep gold color in the glass. Nose ws tropical fruits, nuts/almonds, petrol, honey. Palate was tropical fruits, peach, pineapple, orange zest, butterscotch, integrated oak, stone/mineral.

Given mixed experiences with the regular 06 Chardonnay from Kongsgaard, this held up well. Would drink this soon, will not improve and may be moving to a tertiary phase. A well made California Chardonnay that has aged gracefully. This bottle not worth the premium price (273 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/12/2015 & rated 95 points: Exclusive dinner with eight friends and 22 special wines.: The color of the wine is still young with still an almost green hue. In the bouquet beautiful and ripe yellow tropical fruits, honey and a good dose of beautiful oak. On the palate ripe yellow and white tropical fruits, butterscotch and minerals. Beautiful and well integrated oak. Good and fresh acidity. Full bodied and also elegant. Enormous length. Great wine. Still enough future left. (592 views)
 Tasted by Naplesgolfer on 11/1/2015 flawed bottle: oxidized (307 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 9/18/2014 & rated 94 points: A Small Athens wine event (Spondi , Athens): Tasted blind. Was decanted and served. This felt more of a Rhone white, light oxidative, waxy, ripe citrus, than a Chardonnay . The oak was present and on the forefront but not obstructive. Class y well made wine, good weight but really would have never guessed its Chardonnay . 94 (2005 views)
 Tasted by DRob on 7/15/2014: Monster Chardonnay. Will never be confused with Chablis, that's for sure. Extracted, toasty, viscous. Not usually my style of Chardonnay, but we enjoyed it regardless to celebrate the end of a week's worth of jury duty. (1668 views)
 Tasted by mclanew on 4/19/2014 & rated 94 points: Beautiful, fully mature bottle of this wine. Lovely white peach, tangerine and mineral notes. Fleshy and powerful. (1812 views)
 Tasted by jonnyoro on 1/31/2014 flawed bottle: Purchased direct from winery; stored in temperature controlled unit; completely oxidized and undrinkable. What a waste- (2062 views)
 Tasted by fdub on 11/9/2013 & rated 95 points: Golden color in the glass. Really takes 1 hour plus to open in the glass. Toasted nuts, almonds, and marizpan on the nose. The palate still shows great freshness. Lemons and orange peel. Great depth. (2416 views)
 Tasted by NY Wino on 4/4/2013 & rated 92 points: Golden color, bouquet of almonds and lemon peel. The wine is smooth and easy drinking but definitely starting to fade. Time to drink up all these '06s! (2226 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/20/2013 & rated 94 points: Bright light lemon yellow color; intense, ripe pineapple, vanilla, poached pear, lilies nose; tasty, very rich, tart pear, poached pear, bright lemon, tart pineapple palate; with good acidity; long finish 94+ points (939 views)
 Tasted by nicu2001 on 12/23/2012 & rated 85 points: Not as much of a disaster as the regular 2006 Chardonnay, but nothing great either. Medicinal nose, acidic, and slight petrol. Short finish. Avoid 2006 Kongsgaard Chards. Very disappointing. (2325 views)
 Tasted by BTBrown on 12/8/2012 & rated 92 points: This wine was adored buy some and detested by others; I liked it; yes, there`s some oakiness, but not overwhelming; it had lots of acidity, and gave up a bounty of stone and tropical fruit along with some minerals delivered in a creamy lush texture and long palate coating finish. (1815 views)
 Tasted by drbdorfman on 9/28/2012 & rated 97 points: Some floral notes along with wet concrete on the nose. Prominent oak on initial taste giving way to some vanilla and grapefruit. Very balanced with perfect amount of acidity. Stellar undertaking from the best Chard maker in Napa (2507 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 5/19/2012 & rated 92 points: We had another bottle when friends came over for drinks. It went fast which just shows how easy, refreshing and enjoyable this wine is. (2491 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 5/18/2012 & rated 92 points: A very nice wine. Maybe a bit over rated, but still enjoyable, refreshing, and fun. (2017 views)
 Tasted by jshufelt on 3/31/2012 & rated 96 points: After this bottle, I'm wondering if I made a mistake by falling off the list. Noticeably better than the bottle we had a few months ago, and in a completely different league than the first bottle we had three years ago. In the glass, rich, saturated gold. On the nose, floral notes, wet stone, smoke, and pear. On the palate, an unctuous texture, with minerals, citrus, a touch of smoky oak, and a note of cognac, and let me be clear: I don't mean the alcoholic burn of cognac. I mean the complex, multilayered flavor of cognac, balanced perfectly with the rest of the flavor profile. This may have been the most complex chard I've had, and this bottle was worth the tariff. A great match with pan seared scallops in a vermouth reduction. (2031 views)
 Tasted by dougie on 12/23/2011 & rated 93 points: A wonderful wine. Drank at Boulevard in S.F.. Ready to drink. Smooth and elegant while still being full flavored. (2120 views)
 Tasted by jshufelt on 11/20/2011 & rated 94 points: Pop and pour, enjoyed over the course of a couple of hours. Similar to the last bottle we had a couple of years ago, except that more fruit has emerged, so while the minerality is very much present, there is now more balance. The acidity in the finish has been largely tempered by a silky mouthfeel. Noticeably better performance than the last bottle, although I'm still unconvinced this is worth the tariff. (2170 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 11/20/2011: 14.1% alcohol. A profoundly good Chardonnay. Medium yellow color. Stunning nose of crisp apple, pear, light fig, citrus zest, and minerals on the nose. The wine is aromatically powerful and alluring. In the mouth, this has one of the best, most refined mouth feels I've ever tasted in a California Chardonnay. Elegant and balanced, without the overoaked, syrupy nature that befalls too many wines. The layers of fruit are supported by terrific and delicious minerality and spice notes. Vibrant acidity doesn't show any sharp edges, and the finish is outstanding. A (2278 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 7/13/2011 & rated 93 points: Trip’s farewell dinner! (Cities restaurant - Washington D.C.): More restraint than the regular bottling, served a bit too warm but no hint of heat, excellent bottle and if served correctly 96 pointer. (3081 views)
 Tasted by Tavastgatan on 7/11/2011 & rated 94 points: Second time I get this wine blind. My guess the first time was Montrachet (before I even had tryed it!). Now hat I've tastedw a few and many other white top burgundies my guess was Napa chard. So you learn from the wine school. Only problem is that it's more expensive than an Ivy League school! (2501 views)
 Tasted by St Paul on 7/10/2011 & rated 96 points: This is just great! It has everything you want from a big chard but minerals maybe. (2476 views)
 Tasted by Richard M on 5/16/2011 & rated 88 points: Like the regular cuvee from this vintage, this is fading prematurely. Oxidative nose gives way to pleasant flavors and an integrated structure, but a shadow of this wine's former self. For whatever reason, their 2006s have simply fallen off of a cliff. (2640 views)
 Tasted by Paul Lin on 3/19/2011 flawed bottle: Nick Wittman visits San Diego (Quarter Kitchen - San Diego, CA): Tasted blind. A very poor showing for this wine. Industrial notes of petrol, melted plastic, and nail polish remover, offset only by notions of lemon rind and crushed rocks on the otherwise insipid and attenuated palate. I want to give this wine a score somewhere in the low 80s, but based upon the vintage dating and other notes on CT, I can only conclude that it was somehow flawed. Interestingly, some in the group really liked this wine. My #4 wine; the group's #4 as well. (3313 views)
 Tasted by arniec on 3/6/2011 & rated 90 points: No nose. Nice minerality. Smooth. Long finish. (2721 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Terroir Matters - Updated (Nov 2013)
(Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
(Kongsgaard Wines Chardonnay The Judge Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138
(Kongsgaard Wines Chardonnay The Judge Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/20/2013)
(Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge) Bright light lemon yellow color; intense, ripe pineapple, vanilla, poached pear, lilies nose; tasty, very rich, tart pear, poached pear, bright lemon, tart pineapple palate; with good acidity; long finish 94+ points  94 points
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