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B. Kosuge "The Shop" Carneros Pinot Noir 2008 (Napa Valley, California) - Stephen Tanzer [91]
B. Kosuge "The Shop" Carneros Pinot Noir 2008 (Napa Valley, California) - Stephen Tanzer [91]


 


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Winery: B. Kosuge
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Carneros, Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: KOSUGESHOPPINOT08-W

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Tasting Notes:

For the last several years, I’ve been trying to steer my Pinot Noir wines in the direction of subtlety and perfume. Big extracted Pinot Noirs are commonplace now; purity, subtlety and delicacy are harder to find. But “The Shop” won’t entirely cooperate. It seems to make big, bold, rich wine every year. Not at the expense, I hope, of aroma and complexity, but I am often surprised, as I was in 2008, at just how big it is. Now, I would never want to make a wine into something it is not, and I have a long history of making Carneros Pinot Noir from my years at Saintsbury, so know a bit about how sturdy Carneros Pinots can be. But it strikes me as slightly ironic that early in my career I worried about my Pinot Noir wines being, well, of insufficient size, and now I worry about them being too big. 2008 was a crazy year—spring frosts led to smaller than expected yields. But the growing season ran hot and cold, literally. There were the well publicized wildfires, which Carneros mercifully managed to avoid. Finally, as we came down the home stretch, there was a late August heat spell that compelled me to pick the Shop about a week earlier than I originally intended. Luckily, I managed to dodge the worst of the heat (I used to be one of the last winemakers to pick. Now I am one of the first) and the fruit came in looking good and tasting good. The resulting wine is deep red and quite rich, a little on the ripe side but still with fresh fruit character. Like previous “Shops,” it likes a little air. It is not a shrinking violet. 450 cases.


Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
" Bright ruby. Pure aromas of raspberry, bitter cherry and red licorice. Silky and lush, with attractive creaminess to the red fruit and floral flavors. Offers very good energy, not to mention sneaky sweetness. The raspberry note repeats on the strikingly vibrant, persistent aftertaste. "- Josh Raynolds ( (May/June '10)

91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2007 vintage):
"Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, cherry preserves and rose, with a smoky mineral undertone. Nervier red berry qualities arrive with air, adding vibrancy to the wine's darker fruit flavors. Becomes spicier on the finish, which is strikingly pure and very persistent." - Josh Raynolds ( (May/June '09)



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worst Pinot of the 3/5/11 tasting March 5, 2011
Reviewer: Walter Battistella from Sunnyvale, CA United States  
This wine might as well have been labeled koolaid!  It was so sweet that I would not be surprised that the wine maker added actual sugar.  My wife and I found this to be a very simple, sweet wine that would not go well with food.  We really did not understand what Steven Tanzer was drinking when he reviewed this wine.

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