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Nagano region, Japan (14) Domaine Sogga/Obus Winery Jamie Goodes wine blog

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Wine Region Japan Nagano Domaine Sogga

Nagano region, Japan (14) Domaine Sogga/Obus Winery Jamie Goodes wine blog

This was my second visit with a winery that I’d classify as Nagano’s best at the moment. Domaine Sogga, also known as Obusé Winery, is based in Obusé and is run by Akihiko Soga (just the one ‘g’ in his name, but two in the domaine’s).

Nagano region, Japan (14) Domaine Sogga/Obus Winery Jamie Goodes wine blog

Akihiko is fastidious, talented and experienced. The winery is an old Japanese sake brewery that was founded in 1842. His father become interested in making cider: this area is famous for its apples. But it was his grandfather who had leanings towards wine. In the 1970s he planted vineyards with table grapes, and then later on, in 1996, he planted some Merlot in Takayima village.

Nagano region, Japan (14) Domaine Sogga/Obus Winery Jamie Goodes wine blog

Inertys press, which protects the must from oxygen

Akihiko wanted to make wine, and graduated in enology and viticulture from the University of Yamanashi. He then went abroad and did a stage at Long Depaquit before returning to Japan in 1988. Since 2006 he’s been working with organics, and now four of his eight hectares are farmed organically.

Nagano region, Japan (14) Domaine Sogga/Obus Winery Jamie Goodes wine blog

We began by looking at some barrels.

Barrel tasting of 2018s

Domaine Merlot, vineyard 4
This is whole berry fermentation, with soft pigeage. Supple, fresh and expressive with elegant berry fruits and some red cherry notes. Very fine. 91-93/100

Merlot, vineyard 1
This parcel has very good drainaged and small berries. Vibrant raspberry and berry fruits nose with good structure and intensity. Direct and vivid. 91-93/100

Cabernet Sauvignon
Ungrafted vines. Very fresh and leafy with nice blackcurrant fruit and firm structure. Nice open berry fruits here with good focus. 90-92/100

Tannat 2018
Grippy, dense and vivid with nice raspberry and blackberry fruit. Lovely presence and weight with good structure. From young vines. 90-92/100

Petit Verdot 2018
Green and fleshy at the same time with lovely red and black fruits. Has nice generosity and also some greenness, as well as firm tannins. 90-92/100

Petit Manseng 2018
Picked at 25 Brix, pH 3.1, 15% alcohol. This is very stylish with concentrated pear and peach fruit and nice texture. Good acidity. 90-92/100

Organic Petit Manseng 2018
Harvested at 27 Brix, ferment stopped early. Sweet pear and apple fruit. Off dry, with nice acidity and a hint of green. 90-92/100

Nagano region, Japan (14) Domaine Sogga/Obus Winery Jamie Goodes wine blog

Nagano region, Japan (14) Domaine Sogga/Obus Winery Jamie Goodes wine blog

Tasting bottled wines

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