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2010 Kongsgaard Wines Chardonnay The Judge Napa Valley
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96(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Brilliant medium yellow, the palest of these four chardonnays.  Reticent, Burgundian nose hints at peach, citrus fruits, hazelnut and gunpowder complicated by mineral and sulfide nuances.  Extremely deep and concentrated but youthfully closed, showing a powerful crushed stone character that reminded me of a Corton-Charlemagne.  With its strong minerality, this very Burgundian chardonnay comes across as drier than the Napa Valley bottling.  Already shows outstanding palate presence, but really calls for three to five years of aging.

96 Points | Wine Spectator
96+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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