Small producer amazes at NY blind tasting

Last week while in New York I conducted a blind tasting of 10 amazing California, Oregon and French (Burgundy) Pinots that scored in the 93-96 point range and cost between $50 and $200!

  • Marquis d’Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs (95+ Parker, $200.00)
  • Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux (94 Parker, $120.00)
  • Bergstrom “Bergstrom Vineyard” (94 Parker $75.00)
  • L’Angevin (93 Parker, $50.00)
  • Archery Summit “Summit Estate” (93 Parker $150.00)
  • Brewer Clifton “Cargasacchi” (94 Parker $ 70.00)
  • Copain “Kiser en Haut” (94 Parker $ 75.00)
  • Argyle “Spirit House” (93 Parker $75.00)
  • Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges “Les St. Georges” (95 Parker, $ 115.00)

The WINNER as voted by our group of 30 hailed from a small, way-less expensive winery from Carneros: B Kosuge 2009 Pinot Noir “The Shop”

B Kosuge 2009 Pinot Noir "The Shop"B Kosuge 2009 Pinot Noir The Shop
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The thing about this wine is: it’s got to be yummy. I don’t want to obsess about it, I just want to enjoy it and have a good time. This vintage is probably the most aromatic and delicious Pinot Noir vintage in years, with the possible exception of 1994, which was pretty tasty too. The Shop, in particular, really blossoms in the cooler vintages. In 2009 it achieved ripeness without sacrificing cut and precision, in pretty much every vineyard that I worked with. There’s quite a bit of dark fruit in this wine but with a little air the high notes start to emerge. On the nose you’ll encounter black cherry notes.  The full bodied palate is gorgeous and generous loaded with bright, flavorful Pinot fruit.  The finish is long and extremely elegant.

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