Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2005 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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.

Rosella’s Vineyard was planted in 1996 by Gary Franscioni. The vineyard is in the Santa Lucia Highlands appelation of Monterey County.

Light red in color. 15.3% ABV. Red fruits, flowers, grapefruit, cola and minerals on the nose. Delicate and ethereal compared to other ’05 KB’s. Just the right amount of acidity. The palate is alive with flavors of strawberry, cranberry, brown sugar and rhubarb. There is not the slightest bit of heat on the wine. At 8 years of age this wine has aged absolutely beautifully. What a treat!

My rating: 94 points.

The current vintage is priced at $78 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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