Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2010 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 2010 Russian River Valley was sourced from 10 separate vineyards including Kanzler, Koplen and Amber Ridge.

Crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. Spectacular nose cherries, cloves and nutmeg. Medium to full body with plenty of acidity. Plush and exotic. Cranberries, cherry cola and baking spices on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Everything I look for in a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Kosta Browne in particular. Absolutely delicious. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 92 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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