Kongsgaard – Syrah ‘Hudson Vineyard’ 2005

In the mid-1990s, John Kongsgaard founded the domain of the same name, with the intention of making the best Chardonnay in the world. To this end, he collaborates with established names from Burgundy such as Coche-Dury, Comtes Lafon and Bonneau du Martray.

Once established as a cult winemaker, he also turned to other grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Syrah grapes are sourced from Hudson Vineyards in the Carneros district, located in Napa Valley. John stays true to his French approach with this wine, with a style similar to the great wines from Côte-Rôtie & Hermitage.

“The fabulous 2005 Syrah Hudson Vineyard is even better than it was last year. An incredible dark purple color offers up notes of creosote, subtle charcoal embers, aged beef, fresh beef blood, black currants, sweet cherries, pepper, and tapenade. An incredibly complex, deep, full-bodied Syrah with expressive chocolatey notes in the mouth, this intense Syrah challenges just about every ounce of grey matter between the ears. It should evolve for 10-15+ years.” – 98/100, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


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