Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch – 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.

Keefer Ranch is located in the Green Valley appellation in the southwestern corner of the Russian River Valley.

Light red in color. 14.7% ABV. Black fruits, baking spice and rose petals on the nose. Light body with medium acidity. Mouth coating and voluptuous in a manner in which I have come to expect from this producer. Black cherry, brown sugar and black tea on the palate. Lacks the hedonistic fruit that Kosta Brown so often delivers but delicious nonetheless. Drink in the near term.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2013 version will be released this Fall. 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!

Kosta Browne fared well in last year’s version of The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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