Whadda wine! 🇺🇸🍷
Byron Kosuge established himself as a California legend at Saintsbury in Carneros from 1985 to 2001. Saintsbury’s cool climate Pinots swam upstream from the general thrust of American wine at the time, emphasizing a softer touch.
His own label, B. Kosuge Wines, takes it a step further to the West Sonoma Coast at the edge of the continent. 🌊🌊🌊☁️☁️☁️ He has dedicated the rest of his career to doing his part to find the path forward for California wine in a changing world.
Byron felt that 2015 and 2016 were the finest vintages he’d ever produced. So when 2017 rolled around as more of a B+ vintage, he declassified all of his elite Hirsch Vineyard fruit for use in the Sonoma Coast wine. Many winemakers would have used the opportunity to crank up the price, but Byron kept it level. Here at Le Dû’s Wines in Manhattan, it’s $32.99 on the shelf.
Repeat: 🚨🚨THIS IS OVER 50% HIRSCH VINEYARD PINOT NOIR AND YOU CAN GET IT FOR UNDER $35🚨🚨.
Byron is an insightful guy with a lot of thoughts about where California wine is and where it’s going. If you ever get a chance to visit with him, jump on it! — 3 years ago
Onomatopoeia like oompf, bam and kaplow. Mega! Yellow flowers, yellow apples, apricot, clovers and tinge of gypsy tears. — 6 years ago
Byron Kosuge, winemaker at Saintsbury for 20 years, makes this label of his own. Dark Ruby with aromas of rich ripe fruit and oak spice. On the palate sweet cherry and berry flavors with herb and clove spice notes. Lingers on a well balanced frame ending with spice, cedar and mineral tones, needs more time to develop. Nice! — 3 years ago
Lean, mineral and elegant. My fav from saints bury. — 4 years ago
Definitelly 5 star wine! Small production in Carneros. One of the first winemarker with CH in AVA. Yellow color with slow tears, oaky aromas with earthiness, mandarines, citrus, cantaloupe and light honey along the taste. Medium plus body, medium plus alcohol, medium plus acidity, long finish! Top notch! — 6 years ago
Another winner 🇬🇧 — 4 years ago
Premiere Napa Valley auction lots wine is similar to Hospice de Braine wines are produced, these wines, ranging from as few as 60 bottles to maximum of 240 bottles, each created by the winemaker only once, are offered as futures at auction exclusively to restaurateurs, retailers and other members of the wine trade. This Saintsbury PN from Stanley Ranch has medium burgundy color, notes of raspberry, cranberry, cherry and cinnamon, medium to full body with refined firm tannin and lively acidity, long finish! — 5 years ago