• B. Kosuge The Shop Carneros Pinot Noir 2012

    B. Kosuge The Shop Carneros Pinot Noir 2012

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    Winery: "The wines from 2012 remind me of the wines from 1997. Both vintages were heralded in California as excellent red wine vintages, with deep color, lots of extract and richness. And both vintages were fairly large, with abundant crops. The one difference is that 2012 was a late vintage while 1997 was one of the earliest on record. I was not making my own wine in 1997, but the Pinot Noir I made from that vintage for others was fairly tannic, very deeply colored, and somewhat slow to come around in the bottle. They had good staying power and evolved into compelling wines, it just took a little bit longer than normal. I would say that the cooler season and later harvest in 2012 helped preserve freshness in the flavors, and the alcohols in 2012 are not as high as they were in 1997, but the wines from both years share a certain masculinity. The Shop always produces fairly “big” wine (Carneros is on the warm side as a Pinot Noir growing region) and the 2012 is a little bit more muscular than the 2011. But with a little air, it still shows the aromatic charm that is the hallmark of this site, although it would call it more handsome than pretty.

    2012 was the 9th vintage that I made from The Shop, and now that the vineyard is mature, I feel like I have gotten a pretty good handle on the vineyard and how to handle the fruit. Like always, there are a lot of whole clusters in the fermentation, a little more than 1/3 of the fruit going into the fermentors as whole clusters. Native primary and secondary fermentation, aging in mostly neutral French oak, one racking (to assemble the blend), no fining. As I mention above, the wine is a little more stout than the 2011, and a little shyer in the aromas at this stage. The usual black fruits and spice are there, and decanting or giving it a little air before drinking helps open up the aromas. 406 cases made."