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, Syrah 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.
"The Chardonnay of the vintage is the 2003 Chardonnay The Judge. At $175, it may be California’s most expensive Chardonnay, but what a remarkable wine! Tightly-wound as well as super-concentrated, it represents the essence of a terroir and varietal character. Sadly, there are only 100 cases of this remarkable effort.
The Wine Advocate
" Kongsgaard makes this wine from what he describes as "visually perfect fruit" from the family's vineyard in southeastern Napa Valley Extravagant aromas of orange blossom, apricot, nuts, butterscotch and light sulfides. Dense but ur gent in the mouth; at least as lush and concentrated as the "regular" chardonnay but with extraordinary vibrancy and great acid spine. Captivating, downright Burgundian notes of roasted almond and minerals. Kongsgaard notes that the alcohol in these four chardonnays is just under 15%."
International Wine Cellar