Kosta Browne began as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In the summer of 1997, while working at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa, California, Dan and Michael decided to pool their tips and venture into winemaking. Fifteen years later, Kosta Browne is one of the most sought after Pinot Noirs in all of California. At present time they produce three appellation Pinot Noirs, eight single vineyard Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay.
The wine is a blend of four vineyards: Gap’s Crown, Miron, Kanzler and Dutton Manzana. 37% new oak and 14.8 ABV. The wine is a light red, almost translucent, in color. Elegant and balanced with a aromas of cherries and green tea. Sweet red fruits, brown sugar, pomegranate, rhubarb, pie crust and spice cake. Aging gracefully. Drink over the next year or so. I’m making a mental note to check in on the ’06 KB Single Vineyard wines later in the year.
My rating: 92 points.
The current vintage is priced at $58 and only available via the mailing list. As I mentioned in the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists, Kosta Browne is one of hardest lists to crack. Maybe so, but you’ve got nothing to lose by putting your name on the waiting list. Good luck!
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