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.
Kanzler Vineyard is located in western Sonoma County, just south of Bodega Highway on Sander’s Road and was planted in 1996.
Light magenta in color. Almost translucent. 14.9% ABV. Soaring nose of red fruits, cherry cola and baking spices. Medium to full body with plenty of acidity. Plush and decadent. The wine has a sense of grip on the palate with deep, concentrated fruit. Flavors of black cherry liqueur, strawberry, mushrooms and cola. The finish is long and silky with subtle tannins. Has aged beautifully. Drink over the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 93 points.
The 2014 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 2015 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.
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