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2011 Kongsgaard Wines Chardonnay Napa Valley
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93-95 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

Full bright yellow-gold.  Knockout nose combines lemon, peach, hazelnut and smoky lees.  Then tighter in the mouth than the open nose suggests, showing superb density and snap and a compellingly tactile texture.  Finishes with electric acidity and sneaky palate-staining persistence.  This will need patience.  Kongsgaard adds a bit of SO2 to his wines to retard the malolactic fermentations but then does not add any more again until after the following vintage, in an attempt "to allow everything that's going to oxidize to oxidize."  This, he says, gives his wines a nutty, leesy, aldehytic character, often with the early gunpowder quality of the wines of Coche-Dury.  He practices "a fairly aggressive lees stirring regimen," explaining that the lees essentially fine the wine.

94 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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