Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2012 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. Twenty 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.

Sourced from Gap’s Crown, Griffin’s Lair, Terra de Promissio and Walala Vineyards.

Light red in color. 14.5% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, cloves, baking spices and damp forest floor. Medium body with ample acidity. Decadent and fruit forward. Exceptional balance. Cranberry, bing cherry, strawberry and pomegranate on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Simply delicious, well made Pinot Noir. Another home run from Kosta Browne that only bodes well for the single vineyard wines from this vintage. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

The 2016 version was recently released at a price of $68. I’m a buyer. Past vintages of this wine frequently show up on WineBid for at or near the original release cost.

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 The 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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