Kongsgaard

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.393 ratings
9.321 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
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.

@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.

Nov 3rd, 2018
Matt Lasater

The hallmark, and almost its give away, is its balance of all the complexities that come together to create a stunning wine of richness, precision, harmony and length. There’s so many facets to this wine and they all seem to be working together to weave a whole, uniformed wine. Reminiscent of Batard Montrachet, but with a little more CA sunshine to boot. So powerful but so playful and energetic on the palate.

The hallmark, and almost its give away, is its balance of all the complexities that come together to create a stunning wine of richness, precision, harmony and length. There’s so many facets to this wine and they all seem to be working together to weave a whole, uniformed wine. Reminiscent of Batard Montrachet, but with a little more CA sunshine to boot. So powerful but so playful and energetic on the palate.

Jun 8th, 2018
Alex Kroblin

Co-owner Thirst Wine Merchants

10

Alex had this 5 years ago

Alex had this 5 years ago

2 people found it helpfulDec 10th, 2014
Christanna Honer

Rich golden hue- baked golden apple w/ toasted skin, roasted Meyer lemon, great acidity

Rich golden hue- baked golden apple w/ toasted skin, roasted Meyer lemon, great acidity

1 person found it helpfulOct 7th, 2015
Shay A
9.5

Hats off to @Benjamin Keator for bringing this beauty to the monthly WTF wine group. This was my first time having Kongsgaard, so definitely a treat. It threw me off when Ben opened this and poured in to the decanter and said it needs about 3 hours to start coming alive! Insane for a Chardonnay.
The color on this 2012 is so gorgeous...got that amber hue to it. I sipped on a small glass the first hour and right out of the gate it seemed like a very good/quality Chardonnay, but nothing jumped out to me. Revisiting it a few hours later showed me the change Ben was talking about. The finish revealed nuttiness...lots of peanuts, walnuts. Not a butter bomb. Silky texture. Even after being open for 3 hours, this sucker was still tight and needed more air time plus a few more years of aging. Incredibly made Chardonnay. Thanks again Ben for bringing this!

Hats off to @Benjamin Keator for bringing this beauty to the monthly WTF wine group. This was my first time having Kongsgaard, so definitely a treat. It threw me off when Ben opened this and poured in to the decanter and said it needs about 3 hours to start coming alive! Insane for a Chardonnay.
The color on this 2012 is so gorgeous...got that amber hue to it. I sipped on a small glass the first hour and right out of the gate it seemed like a very good/quality Chardonnay, but nothing jumped out to me. Revisiting it a few hours later showed me the change Ben was talking about. The finish revealed nuttiness...lots of peanuts, walnuts. Not a butter bomb. Silky texture. Even after being open for 3 hours, this sucker was still tight and needed more air time plus a few more years of aging. Incredibly made Chardonnay. Thanks again Ben for bringing this!

May 10th, 2017
Nico J. Snyman

Always enjoyed these wines, this is a big wine, reminds me of a huge Bâtard, it's a compliment though, the Judge takes it to another level...

Always enjoyed these wines, this is a big wine, reminds me of a huge Bâtard, it's a compliment though, the Judge takes it to another level...

Oct 4th, 2016
Greg Gregory

PBFW Kostow dinner.

PBFW Kostow dinner.

Apr 3rd, 2016
Alex Kroblin

Co-owner Thirst Wine Merchants

10

Yes!!!

Yes!!!

Aug 1st, 2015
Bryan Preuss

Holy charcuterie!

Holy charcuterie!

Apr 25th, 2015
Jordan Gianelli

This wine is a mouthful. Really full bodied, even and large expression of fatty stone fruits and well made barrels. We had this wine with Mango, Brie and Arugula Panini along side a nice plate of fatty charcuteries and it was a total marriage of intent. If you like 'em big, this is your wine.

This wine is a mouthful. Really full bodied, even and large expression of fatty stone fruits and well made barrels. We had this wine with Mango, Brie and Arugula Panini along side a nice plate of fatty charcuteries and it was a total marriage of intent. If you like 'em big, this is your wine.

Mar 24th, 2015