The Story: Byron Kosuge has been making wine for over 3 decades now. He honed his skills at various great wineries in California and France. While working in Carneros he befriended two guys who ran a vineyard management company. When they planted a small vineyard next to their work shop, Byron came up with the name “The Shop” and the rest (almost 20 years later) is history. Byron has created a good following for his brand, and so have many of my customers. The 2018 Pinot Noir is truly amazing and a great wine for your Buck!
Winemaker Notes: The 2018 The Shop Carneros Pinot Noir is in some ways a throwback to the riper, juicier style of the early Shop wines, but that is a product of the hot 2018 vintage, rather than a change in style. I continue to pursue a fresher, more vibrant style for this wine in particular, and 2018 was no exception. Aged in a combination of concrete and neutral oak.
Tasting Notes: The wine emerges from the glass with dark red stone fruit a hint of spice, nuttiness and licorice. This is lush and fleshy, Pinot Noir that is loaded with class and pedigree. The wine is medium to full in body and flavor and finishes long and strong.
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