Kongsgaard Syrah 2004

Kongsgaard Syrah 2004

SKU C0154


Harvested with mature, silky tannins, the wine is fermented and macerated in 120-gallon puncheons for full extraction of the white pepper, violets, and dark chocolate character typical of the noble Syrah. After evolving for two years in French oak barrels (50% new) and only two rackings, the Syrah is bottled without filtration or fining. The wine is expected to evolve in the bottle for decades.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, Carneros
Brand Kongsgaard
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Wine AdvocatePerhaps one of the most idiosyncratic and distinctive Syrahs from California is Kongsgaard's. From a parcel of the large Hudson Vineyard grown in volcanic soils, this wine has a character totally different from anything else I have tasted in California. The 2004 Syrah Hudson Vineyard is the most monolithic wine I have tasted from Kongsgaard. It has outstanding concentration and plenty of graphite, roasted meat, blueberry, mulberry, and almost earthy characteristics, but it does not have the complexity of the fabulous 2003 or the blockbuster 2005.

Robert Parker, December 2006