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 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of four vineyards. Two of these vineyards, Dutton Manzana and Kanzler are located near the southern end of the Russian River Valley appellation at the upper end of the Petaluma Gap. The remaining two, Gap’s Crown and Terra de Promissio, are located in the southern portion of the Sonoma Coast appellation lying directly in the path of the Petaluma Gap’s cooling influence.
Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. The nose is all about red fruits. Strawberries and raspberries in spades. Baking spice, mineral, pine needle, black cherry, cinnamon and cranberry on the palate. The finish is long and sweet. Bright acidity. Voluptuous and sexy while maintaining an earthy minerality. Everything you want in a California Pinot Noir and more. This wine showcases the exceptional ’07 vintage. The ’07 single vineyard wines from Kosta Browne should be a real treat.
My rating: 94 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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