not spectacular but elegant and Aubertish - fully mature, I would not wait longer, at peak - light but seamless with everything in balance - my best Kongsgaard yet - perfect with molecular cuisine at Commonwealth - 96
Tasted at Wine Advocat event - A matter of taste. Medium yellow. Expressive and complex nose of vanilla, oak with lots of white fruit, nuts and other aroma. Multidimensional on the palate as well combining freshness and aromatics. Hefty price tag though.
Yowza. Blew away both bottles of 2008 Judge we've had. This is a beautiful, luxurious wine that has a serious side but it's hard to notice with all the fun, tropical fruit. Possibly the fastest wine ever drunk between The Wife and I. Gorgeous ripe pineapple and banana (Monstroso fruit?) with beautiful salinity and minerality. It paired well with most foods - especially a cumin, tomato, Midnight Moon amuse bouche as well as a roasted golden beet/wild rice side. I will covet our other bottle. (The wife's review was "Yum!".)
Wow. Amazing. Crisp with third and fourth dimension flavors. Plenty of summer fruits on this but also a hint of butter and slightly nutty. But then also some minerality to go with the rest. Good long finish. This is superb and in a great place right now.
We took this to Herons for our anniversary. This wine was amazing ... completely different than any Chardonnay we have tasted from Napa. The power in this wine is one of a kind. Fruit, oak, minerality (like in some wines from Burgundy). I would say we probably opened the bottle too early so we are going to look for an older vintage and see how the wine evolves.
Tried second day after 24 hours open in bottle. Medium golden color Honeyed nose, Carmel green apple, lemon zest, some mine reality. Pure silk on the palate, less oak driven than last night, creme brulee, medium acidity, white flowers, passion fruit. Long finish Probably could use 3-5 years on its side 93+
I have been a bid fan of Kongsgaard The Judge and have loved the '03, '04 and the '05 vintages. The 2007 and the 2009, both quaffed last weekend, tasted over-oxidized. Both bottles were not decanted before being consumed. They had a funny after-taste and a bit of a burn on the palate that neither my wife nor I expected. As fans, they were a big disappointment.
CT Texas IV - A Hill Country Treat; 5/18/2012-5/19/2012 (Austin, Texas): I got the pleasure of catching this later in the evening as well as at the beginning. After being open for three hours, this was signing with a nose of sea air, lemon zest, oyster shell, apples, a floral note, and pear. On the palate, white peach, meyer lemon, pear, and a great saline quality I find in higher end Chablis. Finishes long with vibrant acidity. The only nit pick I have is that there is noticeable alcohol at room temp.
15+ years 95+ RP Bordeaux dinner at Ruth’s Chris, Tysons (Ruth’s Chris, Tysons Corner, VA): Dominant honeysuckle note upon opening. Seashell, quite mineral, bright acidity as well as jalapeno. The palate is clean, mineral, although nowhere near the Auberts, and oily and displays bright acidity. This is somewhat restrained style and especially at the moment. With time, the fruit becomes slightly more expressive, white peaches and pears. It shows a bit more balance. It is interesting to compare against the very expressive 07 which displays more ripe tropical fruits. The alcohol is noticeable for me despite the dense fruits. Impressive wine but my sensitivity to alcohol makes the wine less enjoyable. If one enjoys Kongsgaard style, the rating would be at least 2 points higher I imagine.