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2018 Kongsgaard "The Judge" Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5L)

SKU #1523673 97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chardonnay The Judge (a barrel sample) leaps from the glass with vivacious notes of mandarin peel, lemongrass and lime leaves with a core of fresh pink grapefruit, green guava and apple blossom plus wafts of shaved almonds and wet pebbles. Full-bodied, the palate delivers a powerful core of tropical fruit and savory layers with a lively line of freshness and a pleasantly oily texture, finishing long and zesty. Very pure, very delineated and wonderfully chalky at the very end. (LPB) 97-99+ Inner quote mark (11/2019)

95-97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chardonnay The Judge continues a theme seen in the Napa Valley Chardonnay of a wine built on nuance and class more than just on body. I can't remember tasting a Judge that is this elegant - it is so elegant and so refined. A wine of incredible precision, the 2018 is shaping up to be truly magical. I can't wait to taste it from bottle. Tangerine oil, mint, chamomile and honeysuckle keep the 2018 wonderfully nuanced and light on its feet. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

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