Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 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 2010 Sonoma Coast was sourced from Gap’s Crown, Walala and Terra de Promissio Vineyards.

I decided on a bottle of Kosta Browne to mentally prepare for the mailer which I believe arrives tomorrow. As always, I will buy until it hurts.

Magenta in color. 14.4% ABV. Gorgeous nose of black cherries, cloves and forest floor. Textbook Kosta Browne. Medium to full body with more than enough acidity. Fantastic mouth feel and texture. Cherries, cranberry, pomegranate and mushrooms on the palate. The finish is long and exquisite. Drink over the next 1-2 while you wait on the Single Vineyard Designates.

My rating: 93 points.

The 2015 version will be released next Spring. 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 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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