Kongsgaard Syrah 2000

Kongsgaard Syrah 2000


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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
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Carneros
Brand Kongsgaard
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Wine AdvocateThe opaque purple-colored 2000 Syrah exhibits a big, sweet bouquet of blackberries, white pepper, creosote, and bacon fat. Full-bodied, structured, backward, and concentrated, with the tannin currently dominating its full-bodied style, this 2000 has gone to sleep; I do not expect it to re-emerge for 5-6 years. This may be one of the few California Syrahs that evolves and tastes better at age 12 or 15 than it did in its youth.

Robert Parker, December 2003