Bright ruby-red. Conveys a captivating smoky, roasted meat character, like wild duck hitting the grill, complicated by a brioche-like toasty note; reminded me of a Côte Brune style of Côte-Rôtie. Large-scaled yet somehow light on its feet, conveying a wonderfully fine-grained, plush yet reserved middle palate stuffed with dark fruits and smoky, meaty bass notes. Compellingly rich yet bone-dry Syrah with an extremely long, rising, saline mineral aftertaste that saturates every square millimeter of the palate. The best Kongsgaard Syrah in the series--at least until the 2013. (ST)
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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