Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2009 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – 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.

The 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of vineyards that surround the Sebastopol home of Kosta Browne.

Dark red in color. 14.6% ABV. Dark fruits, roses and brown sugar on the nose. Medium body with medium acidity. The wine has a darker fruit profile than I am accustomed to from KB. Great flavors of black cherry, cranberries, strawberries and cinnamon. The wine gains weight in the glass over the course of several hours and finishes strong. Drink over the next several years.

My rating: 92 points.

The 2013 was released earlier this month and is $64 at the winery. 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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