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2018 Kongsgaard The Judge Chardonnay

ITEM 7957697 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Consignor is original owner

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hwgoh $495 $495
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chich9 $435 $0
fion $415 $0
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$395
Item Sold Amount Date
I7976106 1 $445 Oct 17, 2021
I7957697 1 $495 Sep 19, 2021
I7897890 1 $435 Jul 25, 2021
I7882851 1 $415 Jul 4, 2021
I7869310 1 $395 Jun 27, 2021
I7845676 1 $375 May 30, 2021
I7842277 1 $415 May 30, 2021
I7842271 1 $395 May 30, 2021
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RATINGS

97-99+ The Wine Advocate

...vivacious notes of mandarin peel, lemongrass and lime leaves with a core of fresh pink grapefruit, green guava and apple blossom plus wafts of shaved almonds and wet pebbles. Full-bodied, the palate delivers a powerful core of tropical fruit and savory layers with a lively line of freshness and a pleasantly oily texture, finishing long and zesty. Very pure, very delineated and wonderfully chalky at the very end.

95-97Vinous / IWC

...it is so elegant and so refined. A wine of incredible precision...shaping up to be truly magical... Tangerine oil, mint, chamomile and honeysuckle...wonderfully nuanced and light on its feet.

PRODUCER

Kongsgaard

Kongsgaard Wines was founded in 1996 by John Kongsgaard, a Napa Valley native whose family has been in the valley for generations. The winery’s stellar reputation comes from its Chardonnays, which regularly win praise from reviewers for their resemblance to fine Burgundian Chardonnays. The estate also makes Roussanne/Viognier blends and some Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs. Kongsgaard’s primary vineyard is a 10-acre plot planted in the late 1970s in southern Napa Valley. The land has been in the Kongsgaard family since the 1920s. Kongsgaard also uses grapes from contract growers with long time ties to the winery. John Kongsgaard remains the owner and winemaker.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.