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B. Kosuge Wines

Owner(s) Byron Kosuge
Web site www.bkosugewines.com
 
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B. Kosuge Wines

Byron Kosuge, former winemaker at Saintsbury makes several wines under the B. Kosuge Wines label including a Pinot Noir called "The Shop." The name ,“The Shop”, is a reference to Walsh Vineyard Management whose owners Brian worked with for many years. It also symbolizes his love for spending time in the vineyard and hanging out with vineyard workers. The grapes come from a small Carneros vineyard adjacent to the vineyard equipment shop.

In 2006, there is also a Pinot Noir from Hirsch Vineyard (Sonoma Coast) and Manchester Ridge Vineyard (Sonoma Coast) as well as a Syrah from Bennet Valley. The Manchester Ridge Mendocino Pinot Noir is outstanding.

The wines may be purchased on the website and through retail distribution channels.

Kosuge is also a consulting winemaker for Alder Springs Vineyard, Pearl Morissette, Small Vines Wines, Wrath Wines, Kingston Family Vineyards and Miura Vineyards.

Reviewed Wines

2009 B. Kosuge Wines Manchester Ridge Vineyard Mendocino (Mendocino Ridge) Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 165 cases. $40. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of fresh berries sprinkled with herbs, spice and flowers. Delicious core of darker red cherries, berries and plums with an attractive savory, wildly exotic tone. Very soft in the mouth with firm, but complimentary tannins, and a long dry finish. This is a wine that aims to please. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 B. Kosuge Wines Manchester Ridge Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 300 cases, $38. · Demure but intoxicating perfume of dark berry jam, oak spice and floral bouquet. Lovely blackberry and raspberry fruit that is discreetly concentrated and clothed in silky, supple tannins. Great purity of fruit with an interesting undertone of forest floor, wood pile and mushrooms. The lingering finish keeps bringing you back. This beauty has the whole package. Will get even better with another year in bottle. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 B. Kosuge Wines Manchester Ridge Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 240 cases, $40. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. A bit funky on the nose with aromas of pine forest, mushroom and spice. Soft and smooth on the palate with a moderately rich core of dark red cherry and berry fruits that veer to an ultra ripe, and slightly oxidized character. Well-honed acidity with supple tannins. The next day the wine was disappointing with over ripe flavors and a vegetal note. This may not be a representative bottle of this wine as I have sampled it in the past and reviewed it very favorably (January 2010). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2006 B. Kosuge Wines The Shop Carneros Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $30. “Named after the farm equipment workshop located next to vineyards in honor of hands on work of growing wine grapes and the people who do it.” Byron Kosuge is the former winemaker at Saintsbury and also consults for Kingston Family in Chile. · Complex scents of cherry pie, black raspberries, black current and a little barnyard. Red and blue fruits on the attack finishing with frisky acidity and moderate tannins. Not overblown with fruit and very drinkable. Reviewed May 7, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 B. Kosuge Wines Manchester Ridge Mendocino Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 300 cases, $40. From a vineyard located in the boonies (many miles toward the coast from Boonville) at 2,000 feet. The location and climate are more akin to the Sonoma Coast than Anderson Valley. Byron Kosuge is a Pinot Noir and Syrah specialist who formerly was the head winemaker at Saintsbury. · A potpourri of scents including brambly cherries, candied apples, exotic woods, vanillin and winter spices. Mouth filling dusty red cherries that are nicely spiced with echoes of oak. Velvety texture with integrated tannins and a good acid cut. A complete wine with excellent balance and length. Reviewed October 1, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 B. Kosuge Wines The Shop Carneros Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $30. · The perfume of ripe cherries and vanilla with a hint of oak leads to a potpourri of plum and blackberry flavors. Nicely balanced. A calming drink that is easy to cozy up to. Reviewed August 24, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 B. Kosuge Wines The Shop Carneros Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 325 cases, $30. The name “The Shop”, is in reference to Walsh Vineyard Management whose owners Brian worked with for many years. It also symbolizes his love for spending time in the vineyard and hanging out with vineyard workers. The grapes come from a small vineyard adjacent to the vineyard equipment shop. · This is a nice package which is deftly crafted and very easy to drink. The nose is tinged with black cherry, vanilla, and oak, and the flavor profile features darker fruits including plum and black cherry. Tannins are nicely integrated and the wine is beautifully balanced. Overall, a little more sappy and darker than the 2004 vintage of this wine which I also liked very much. Reviewed May 13, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 B. Kosuge Wines The Shop Carneros Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 325 cases, $30. · A wonderfully fragrant wine upon opening with a wonderland of cherry and spice. Flavors of dark cherries and berries are opulent and layered, and linger on the finish. A perfectly composed fruit driven masterpiece that is powerfully flavored, yet light on its feet. A lip smacker. Reviewed June 19, 2006