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B. Kosuge Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014

    750ML / 13.4% ABV
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    The longer I do this, the more convinced I am that 100% small oak cooperage is not the right answer, at least for the wines I hope to make. This wine, like the 2013 Chardonnay, was fermented and aged in a combination of 225 liter barrels, 300 liter barrels, and concrete. For the first time, it includes some wine from a vineyard other than La Cruz in the Petaluma gap. About 20% of the wine is from the Small Vines Estate outside of Sebastopol. Adding this wine gives the blend a little more backbone and “cut,” which compliments the plushness of the La Cruz nicely.

    I have made a few other adjustments to my Chardonnay winemaking over the last few years: more stirring of the barrels during the early part of aging. More solids in the juice that goes to barrel for fermentation. A bit of skin contact prior to pressing. All these things are meant to capture more of what is indigenous to the grape and the vineyard. As usual, no added yeast or bacteria or other additives are used. Trying to be as “low tech” as I can.

    2014 was a very good year for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Sonoma Coast. I especially like the combination of generosity and energy that the wines have. The Chardonnay is racy, shows only a hint of oak, has lovely, pure aromatics. Smells like the grape, not what was done to it. I bottled it in June of 2015 and it’s just begun coming out of its shell. Should be an excellent partner to all manner of “white wine” fare, and pretty good on its own too.

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    Byron Kosuge, winemaker at Saintsbury for 20 years, makes this blockbuster label of his own. Selecting vineyards for their unique terroir, Byron’s cornerstone is "The Shop," an expressive Pinot dedicated to the people who tend the grapes. It is joined by small productions sourced from top vineyards, including Hirsch, Hudson, Soberanes and his monopole vineyard in Carneros. All exquisite, these wines capture Byron's sense of dedication, modesty and elegance.
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    A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.

    Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.

    The Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah. The wines have high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and balanced ripeness.

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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