Sold Out
2016 B Kosuge Chardonnay
2016 B Kosuge Chardonnay

B. Kosuge
2016 Chardonnay
, Sonoma Coast
Petaluma Gap

Opens with bright fruit, honeycomb and baked apples with fresh baked biscuits leading to a silky mouthfeel, well integrated oak and crisp bright acidity. Builds into a long finish that continues to gain in depth with each delightful sip. Beautifully balanced with plenty of depth.

With a few years of age, this has turned into a wonderful balance between generosity and freshness. Has all the hallmarks of great Sonoma Coast Chardonnay—bright fruit, a touch of honeycomb with a firm core.


The Chardonnay at La Cruz Vineyard sits on a hillside that overlooks the Petaluma River, a few miles southeast of the town of Petaluma. It’s a late ripening site and the vines are small. Recently converted to organic farming in an effort to boost soil health. The harvest comes late here, around the end of September/beginning of October most years. The Wente selection of Chardonnay here is considered by many winemakers to be the best of the many Chardonnay selections available—small clustered, low yielding, concentrated flavors.


Whole cluster fruit is sent through just the rollers on a destemmer to break up the bunches and begin extraction before splitting the wine in half between oak and concrete. After time in each vessel, the wines are swapped so that all wine sees both materials. Native yeast is used for both primary and naturally occurring malolactic fermentation with use of battonage. Fermented and aged in a combination of concrete eggs and neutral oak barrels.


2016 was a good year to be a grapevine, after four years of drought the winter finally gave up a bit of rain. The growing season, although somewhat warm and early, was forgiving as the fruit came in the door in excellent shape across the board. After the lower yields of the previous vintage, it was nice to have a good amount of fruit to work with.

Vintage:  2016
Wine Type:  White, Still, Dry
Farming:  Biodynamic
Varietal:  100% Chardonnay,  Clone 4, Wente
Vineyard:  La Cruz Vineyard
Appellation:  Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast
Winemaker:  Byron Kosuge

Tasting Notes PDF PDF

More About B. Kosuge

<< previous  |  next >>

Martin Ray
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Howell Mountain

93 Points
Deep, chewy tannins and savory tertiary notes, with a rich midpalate.  Fresh, wild blue and black fruit with ripe Bing cherry, and subtle elderflower.  Rustic touches of olive tapenade, with layers of boysenberry...

Today's Price
2018 Martin Ray Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Martin Ray
2020 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Dutton Ranch

New Release
Vibrant lemon zest, cooked-apple, fresh peach, and racy minerality with touches of Acacia flower. Layers of praline, subtle pear and nectarine beneath mouthwatering acidity.  This offers a clean, linear palate with soft vanilla undertones.

Today's Price
2020 Martin Ray Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Martin Ray
2018 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains
Coast Grade Vineyard

Limited Availability
Bright, focused and wonderfully energetic!  Earthy notes of cherry bark, black raspberry, and cola nut, with touches of sweet clove and orange zest. Fresh pomegranate juice with herbaceous notes of spearmint, evergreen and a subtle hint of lemon verbena, flanked by racy acidity, refined tannins and a subtle salinity.

Today's Price
2018 Martin Ray Santa Cruz Pinot Noir
Inside Steals, One Every Week