Napa Valley, California
Wine Advocate 97 points! Extremely limited!
"John Kongsgaard is in search of the Holy Grail and these are the most interesting, naturally made wines one will find on Planet Earth."-THE WINE ADVOCATE, ROBERT PARKER
"Fifth-generation Napa natives, Maggy and I began our endeavor in the 1970s planting The Judge vineyard on the Kongsgaard family land near Napa. The inaugural Kongsgaard wines came in 1996. We now produce The Judge, Chardonnay, VioRous, Albariño, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in our underground winery-a cave dug into the volcanic rock, high on the eastern rim of the Napa Valley where we have planted a spectacular mountain vineyard. We also direct the farming under long-term contracts on several perfect acres in the Napa Carneros and near the winery. These intensely farmed, shy-bearing vineyards and our traditional low-intervention winemaking produce powerful, graceful wines-vivid expressions of vineyard and variety. Production is limited to what we, with our son Alex, can make with our own hands." -JOHN KONGSGAARD
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from the glass with dark plums, black cherries, licorice, graphite and spices. The wine possesses striking textural depth and richness, with dazzling purity and exceptional overall balance. Today the spiciness of the oak comes through just a bit, but that should not be an issue by the time the wine is ready to drink. A final burst of fruit informs the explosive finish. Yields were tiny in 2009, just one ton per acre with 15% Merlot co-fermented in the blend. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2029." December/2011-Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate 97 points!
Enjoy Kongsgaard Cabernet Sauvignon with steak, roast pork, grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.