2016 F2F Gala Silent Auction Item

2012 KONGSGAARD WINES SYRAH (2 lots of 2 bottles each)

Hudson Vineyards Napa Valley, Courtesy of Polaner Selections

Blockbuster small-production Syrah from cult winemaker John Kongsgaard. Only 90 cases produced. 


BUY IT NOW 1 LOT (2 BOTTLES): $600**

BUY IT NOW 2 LOTS (4 BOTTLES): $1,100**

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99 Points Robert Parker: "The 2012 Syrah is a compelling example of this varietal. It is 100% Syrah, but it smells as if it includes a large quantity of Viognier. Huge notes of flowers, honeysuckle and lavender jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine along with notes of scorched earth, charcoal, smoked meats and a touch of steak tartar. A wine of great intensity and magnificent concentration, it could easily achieve perfection in a few years. Drink now through 2026...

Auction Item courtesy of Tim Arnold & Gary Cruz, and Polaner Selections: http://www.polanerselections.com



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.


Kongsgaard 2012 Syrah


October 13, 2015 – 2nd edition

John Kongsgaard is a legendary winemaker in Napa Valley – known for making incredibly distinctive wines packed with personality (and for blasting classical music so loud that neighbors miles away can hear what he’s listening to). Kongsgaard (formerly the winemaker for Newton Vineyards) started his own winery in 1996, and among all of his immaculate wines, I love this one the best. For starters, it’s like smelling Christmas – pine boughs, mulling spices, cranberries, a wood fire, but then comes the flavors – layers and layers of fruit, black pepper, black olives, and violet-like flowers, and a salty minerality that makes Syrah so compelling. Needless to say perhaps, but roast lamb is in order.


patience and low yields 

Wine Spectator, James Laube, July 31, 2014

"Red and white wines have similar tannin levels, the winemaker explains, but reds are macerated longer to extract color, flavor and tannins. Over the years, he's adjusted his fermentation times, particularly with

Syrah, which he has made since 1996. "Syrah is a gnarlier wine than Cabernet," he says. His model is Hermitage, with its notes of rose petal, violet, black pepper, meat and charcoal. As Kongsgaard has worked with Syrah, he's picked at riper sugar levels and shortened fermentation time to get the aromas and flavors he prefers. His Syrah is grown on a 2.5-acre volcanic soil block of Hudson, which yields about 6 tons for a total of 300 cases. Although Syrah is popular among customers, he says, "I'm glad we make 300 cases, not 3,000."