Saturated medium ruby. Full-blown, varietally expressive nose offers dark berries, smoked meat, soy sauce, game, truffle, gunflint and melted chocolate. Then huge and palate-saturating, with Rhone-like flavors more expressive of the volcanic soil in Hudson's Q block than simple sweet varietal fruits. This is more full-blown and lower in acidity than the young 2005 but the pH is in the 3.8 range, which is lower than most of the top syrahs made from Hudson fruit. Kongsgaard noted that he picks this parcel on the early side. Finishes with big but ripe tannins and superb persistence.
Perhaps one of the most idiosyncratic and distinctive Syrahs from California is Kongsgaard's. From a parcel of the large Hudson Vineyard grown in volcanic soils, this wine has a character totally different from anything else I have tasted in California. The 2004 Syrah Hudson Vineyard is the most monolithic wine I have tasted from Kongsgaard. It has outstanding concentration and plenty of graphite, roasted meat, blueberry, mulberry, and almost earthy characteristics, but it does not have the complexity of the fabulous 2003 or the blockbuster 2005.
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