WS Top 100: Napa Valley
The Napa Valley is arguably the most famous wine region in California, so it is no surprise that three wines made the 2006 Wine Spectator Top 100 list. Two Chardonnays and a Cabernet Sauvignon were included.
Kongsgaard is one of the most highly sought after Chardonnay producers in the New World. John and Maggie Kongsgaard produce The Judge (very limited Chardonnay), Chardonnay, Syrah, and a white blend of Roussanne and Viognier.
Although The Judge gets near perfect reviews each year, it is made in such limited quantities that not many people have had the opportunity to enjoy it.
> Kongsgaard’s 2003 Napa Valley Chardonnay was ranked #8 on the 2006 Top 100. It was also rated an impressive 97 by James Laube.
The Hess Collection also made an appearance on the Top 100 list with their 2004 Napa Valley Chardonnay. At only $20, this wine is an excellent value. The Hess Collection is set on a breathtaking piece of property high in the Mount Veeder AVA. The property has a lot of historical significance, as Brother Timothy of the Christian Brothers used to make wine in the production facilities.
Lewis Cellars is a family owned and operated winery located in the Oak Knoll AVA. Randy and Debbie Lewis buy grapes from several premium Napa Valley vineyards and produce 8,500 cases each year. Their 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was ranked #22 on the 2006 Top 100 list. It has excellent structure and will certainly improve with age over several years.