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 ’08 Sonoma Coast is a blend from Gap’s Crown, Terra de Promissio and Walala Vineyards.
Maroon in color with slight bricking on the edges. 14.6% ABV. Dark fruits, spice, anise and forest floor on the nose. Medium body with perfect acidity. Black cherry, cloves, truffles and A&W Root Beer on the palate. Subtle tannins. From memory this wine has a darker fruit profile than previous vintages. This wine clearly has none of the heat many associate with the Kosta Browne wines of yesteryear. What’s not to like? Super wine! Drink over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 94 points.
The 2012 was just released for $64 and is 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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