Kusuda 2003 C Pinot Noir (Martinborough)
The “C” stands for clay, the predominant soil type in the vineyard. Well-oaked, with smoke and berry aromas and flavors and a wiry, herbal thread wrapped around a core of bright boysenberry fruit. Shows some sturdy tannins on the finish, so hold 2–3 years.
Kusuda 2003 G Pinot Noir (Martinborough)
Lush and supple, boasting ample cherry and vanilla aromas and flavors. It’s easily approachable, yet still shows decent complexity in a slightly herbal-briary nuance. The “G” stands for gravel, which in this vintage produced a less powerful wine than the “C” (clay) bottling.
Kusuda 2002 Syrah (Martinborough)
Impressive purple color, but less intense on the nose. White pepper notes add complexity to modest plum flavors, while a herbal note carries the finish.