Napa Valley Chardonnay The Judge 2013

Kongsgaard Wine

Napa Valley Chardonnay The Judge 2013

weiß, trocken
14,0% Vol.
Trinkreife: 2019–2042
Verpackt in: 12er
voll & rund
exotisch & aromatisch
Lobenberg: 98–100/100
Parker: 100/100
Galloni: 95–98/100
Winespectator: 95/100
USA, Californien
Allergene: Sulfite, Abfüllerinformation

Heiner Lobenberg über:
Napa Valley Chardonnay The Judge 2013


Lobenberg: Es gibt keinen anderen Chardonnay, der so überaus fruchtig mit Pfirsich und Mango rüberkommt, üppig, wollüstig, saftig ohne Ende, mit der überbordenen goldgelben Frucht die immense Mineralität verbergend. Der Wein braucht soooo viel Zeit! Viele, viele Stunden in der Karaffe. Oder besser Jahre im Keller. Nach 7 bis 8 Jahren kommt dann die satte Mineralität und der Wein entpuppt sich. Hier steht dann ein saftigerer, extrem mineralischer Chevalier Montrachet im Glas. Dieser Wein kann in Kalifornien wohl nur noch von Helen Turleys Marcassin erreicht werden, das ist top of the top. 98-100/100


Parker über: Napa Valley Chardonnay The Judge

-- Parker: Of course, it’s hard to find any, but there are usually about eight to 15 barrels of his estate Chardonnay from Coombsville called “The Judge” in honor of his father. From old Wente clones originally planted in 1975, yields are rarely in excess of one ton of fruit per acre, which no doubt accounts for its extraordinary intensity and richness. The 2013 Chardonnay The Judge is perfect, and certainly one of the greatest Chardonnays I have ever tasted. Keeping in mind that Kongsgaard is no youngster at this game (2015 was his 41st vintage making wine), his 2013 The Judge, from the white volcanic soil in Coombsville called tufa, is an amazing wine of great intensity, power, glory, elegance, texture, density and richness. The wine offers up loads of tangerine oil, caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, white peach, apricots, and wet stones. It seems to be a smorgasbord of aromas and flavors that just keep opening as the wine sits in the mouth. This is an amazing effort and one of the greatest Chardonnays ever made in California. 100/100


Galloni über: Napa Valley Chardonnay The Judge

-- Galloni: The 2013 Chardonnay The Judge has all of the intensity of the 2012, but it plays in a higher register, where the flavors are a bit brighter and palate density is more implied rather than overtly stated. Lifted and precise, the 2013 dazzles with its nuance and pure class. Scents of lemon peel, crème brulee, orange, crushed rocks and white flowers punctuate the dazzling finish. The 2013 is shaping up to be a gem. The only problem will be finding it. 95-98/100


Winespectator über: Napa Valley Chardonnay The Judge

-- Winespectator: Some would say there’s enough new toasty oak here for two vintages, but if you enjoy the enhancement oak adds to Chardonnay this means double the pleasure. Rich apricot, fig, honeydew and citrus notes join in the chorus. Long and full. Drink now through 2021. 95/100

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Kongsgaard Wine

John Kongsgaard ist zweifelsfrei eine Ikone des kalifornischen Weinbaus. Als Meisterschüler der UC Davis, Kaderschmiede des kalifornischen Weinbaus, hat Kongsgaard den Weinbau geprägt wie kaum ein zweiter. Allerdings nicht, indem er dessen Lehren befolgt hätte – denn nur wer sein Instrument...