Napa Valley Chardonnay

Kongsgaard

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2012

Shay A
9.4

@Benjamin Keator had his hosting at the CC tonight and it was absolutely incredible. What a night of gorgeous wines! All wines are guessed blind.

The third white in an insane flight of Chardonnays. I guessed all were Cali (they were), and guessed they are all 2012 (they were). I actually guessed this was either Kongsgaard or Jarvis Finch Hollow, so half right? Richly gold in the glass (Kongsgaard giveaway). Acidity was fairly high which was surprising. Honeyed fruit and honeycomb. Always unique and always fantastic.
— 13 days ago

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Martin Sher

Martin Sher

@Benjamin Keator @Shay A totally agree - Kongsgaard will be excellent now but if you can keep your hands off a few years you’ll reap greater rewards. Cheers to you on a stunning lineup!
Benjamin Keator

Benjamin Keator

I have a lot of Kongsgaard, particularly the 2012. This is the only vintage that needed 4 years in bottle and an hour full decant to reach its potential. Most Kongsgaard chards drink much better upon release. I actually think this vintage is going to surpass the 12 Judge. The typical Kongsgaard butterscotch and nuttiness is finally starting to show in the ‘12’s. The Kings Farm is what really impressed me last night. I thought it just about stole the show. Good thing I have 10 more bottles. But this is all just my opinion 😬
Shay A

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@Benjamin Keator : Didn’t even know the Kong’s Farm existed, and as you heard last night, it was most people’s’ favorite if the flight, but most people kept saying each wine was their favorite at different times throughout the meal...they were all incredible!

Davis Estates

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.3

Combination after wedding party combined with two early Birthdays. Love this Chardonnay. Love it even more for its value. Happy Birthday Julie & Sofia. See previous notes.

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— 19 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Fun Baden whites today, only fireplace is outside, so we're staying warm in the house with the feline crew
David T

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@Shay A A suggestion on this. Slightly over chill & decant. More enjoyment.
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Thanks @David T ! Very much looking forward to opening this soon.

Kongsgaard

Kings Farm Chardonnay 2012

Shay A
9.4

@Benjamin Keator had his hosting at the CC tonight and it was absolutely incredible. What a night of gorgeous wines! All wines are guessed blind.

Out of the 3 whites, I guessed they were all 2012s (they were). I ended up guessing this was Marcassin based on the smoked waxy note I got with this (always get with Marcassin). It wasn’t buttery, but it wasn’t overly sulfuric. It had low acidity too and a fair amount of fruit. This ended up being most (including mine) white of the night.
— 13 days ago

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Arnot-Roberts

Watson Ranch Chardonnay 2015

Great balance between freshness and body. Nose of lemon/lime, ocean air, wet stones. Zippy but clean acid that wraps the full palette and uplifts medium+ body, particularly showing in the mid-palette. — 10 days ago

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Beringer Vineyards

Private Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Pear, Apple, vanilla. Nose similar. Color light straw. — 5 days ago

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Chappellet

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Less oak, more butter, but in a good way. Great balance! — 12 days ago

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Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

Mike Grgich, the “King of Chardonnay” farms w/o pesticides and certified organic. Aged 10 months and did not undergo malolactic fermentation. Pale gold straw with soft aromas of stone & tropical fruits. On the palate apple, melon & tropical flavors, with some vanilla toasty oak notes. Nice balance with acidity on lingering finish with a zingy mineral ending. Not your typical CA Chard, very nice! — 12 days ago

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Kongsgaard

The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

@Mike R just being a plain old STUD. No better way to step off the plane than to be poured a glass and lots of SMILES. Honeyed apricot, Cara Cara orange, hyacinth. A big boy that needs time. — 8 days ago

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Eric LaMasters

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Hyacinth?! Damn, Joe that’s some pretty impressive botanical nuance. I need to get out there and smell some more exotic flowers.

Gibbs

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

A beautiful well balanced Pinot Noir with an aftertaste of cherry and rhubarb giving it that acidic bite to cut through the food. Just a superb Pinot.
Had this at a wine tasting at Prime Butcher in Hampstead NH.
— 3 days ago

Aubert

Sugar Shack Chardonnay 2012

Lives up to the hype and is a great CA Chardonnay ....but does not have the precision of any of the top tier of Mersault or Montrachet — 18 days ago

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