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A Kosta Browne Pinot Noir is the very definition of a "unicorn wine". This property literally has helped define the very best in what California Pinot Noir could be for over well over a decade now. Pinot Noir lovers and collectors scramble each year for the tiny quantities that make their way to the marketplace outside of the producers multiyear long waiting listed wine club.
While Kosta Browne has only been in existence for 20-odd years, it has quickly established itself as California Pinot Noir royalty. Proprietors and Pinot devotees Dan Kosta and Michael Browne started their endeavor by scraping enough money together to purchase a half-ton of grapes, a de-stemmer/crusher, and a used oak barrel. Despite these humble beginnings, their rise to wine super-stardom has been nothing short of meteoric.
Partly due to business savvy and mostly due to hard work and an unwavering commitment to excellence, Kosta and Browne have achieved what very few others have done: they have become standard-bearers against which all other California Pinot producers measure their success, with their wines achieving cult-like status among collectors the world over. Today, a mere 22 years after they started, they have vineyard holdings in California's most prized Pinot Noir appellations: Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and the Santa Rita Hills.
The Sonoma Coast appellation overlaps with that of the Russian River Valley in many places and is similarly shaped by the ocean. Local geology can be complex, a direct result of being located on the intersection of two tectonic plates. For this wine, Kosta Browne utilizes vineyards that are particularly influenced by the Pacific Ocean. They are fortunate to work with some spectacular sites including Bootlegger’s Hill, Balleto Watertrough, Freestone Quarter Moon, Gap’s Crown, & Thorn Ridge. Together, they form a singular wine that is distinctively Sonoma Coast.
These vineyards lie in both the southern portion of the appellation and in the northern true coastal zone. In the southern area, the Petaluma Wind Gap and the San Pablo Bay drive cooler temperatures and help to produce a wine with deep flavors and rich texture. The vineyards from the coastal reaches contribute more of the savory and spice characteristics that Cali Pinot fans love as well as great structure and poise. Check out the press on today's feature!
Jeb Dunnuck: Rated 94 Points
"A step up over the Russian River blend, the 2016 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast offers more red fruits, raspberries, flowers, and rose petal notes, with a pinewood/forest floor character developing with time in the glass. This medium-bodied, silky, elegant Pinot Noir has a terrific sense of minerality, integrated acidity, and a complex, nuanced style that’s going to evolve nicely for 7-8 years."
James Suckling: Rated 94 Points
"Aromas of oyster shell and dark berries with plenty of dried strawberries and spices. Medium-bodied, very tight and focused with silky tannins. A fresh and slightly salty finish. Crisp and vivid. Drink or hold."
Wine Spectator: Rated 91 Points
"Plump and generous up front, with elegant plum, raspberry and wild berry notes, slowly building depth and dimension on the finish, where the flavors linger. Drink now through 2024."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Rated 91 Points
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast was aged in 44% new French oak, 16% concrete tank and 2% wood tanks, ranging from 10-15 months depending on the vessel. Medium ruby, it's scented of cranberry sauce, woodsmoke, loamy earth and forest floor with a core of red and black cherries and berries plus notions of pencil shavings and licorice. Light to medium-bodied and broody in the mouth, it has a sturdy, pleasantly chalky frame with seamlessly woven freshness to lift the earth-laced finish."
Producer Name: Kosta Browne
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Sub-Region: Sonoma County
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: Pinot Noir
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Medium Body Red
Viticultural Features: Sustainable
Fermentation: 75% Stainless Steel open tops / 19% Concrete open tops / 7% Wood open tops / 6% Whole Cluster
Oak/Aging: 44% New French Oak for 15 months / 16% Concrete tank for 10 months / 2% Wood tank
Winemaker: Julien Howsapien
Pack/Size: 12/375 ml HALF BOTTLES
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Burgundy Half Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork
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