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The blockbuster, opaque purple-colored 2003 Syrah Hudson Vineyard exhibits aromas of ground pepper, licorice, graphite, and smoke. While there is huge fruit and great richness, this cuvee appears to have shut down following bottling. Tannic, heady, and rich, it was difficult to coax out of the glass. There is a wonderful composty, underbrush, primordial character to these Syrahs, with an almost scorched earth component. Think of it as drinking a liquefied grilled steak. Rating: 94+

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The Winery


“John Kongsgaard is in search of the Holy Grail and these are the most interesting, naturally made wines one will find on Planet Earth.”
-Robert Parker

As a fifth-generation Napa native, winemaker and proprietor John Kongsgaard understand how to make highly renowned wines. Having previously made wine for estates such as Newton, Luna, and Arietta, John’s resume is just one of the many aspects of Kongsgaard Wine’s success. The wines have received numerous accolades from critics, including 100 point score from Robert Parker for the 2013 vintage of The Judge Chardonnay. Their 150-acre Atlas Peak estate allows Kongsgaard to get their grapes from one of the three highest vineyards in all of Napa Country. This elevation not only allows for captivating views but also cool-climate, European-style wines that are compelling for every occasion.

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