Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2012 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. 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 a dozen different Russian River Valley vineyards including Giusti, Kanzler, Keefer and Koplen.

Light red in color. 14.6% ABV. Sensational nose of red fruits, cinnamon, cloves and earth. Medium body with just the right amount of acidity. Plush and supple with great mouth feel. Cherries, cranberries, blood orange and baking spices on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Stunning appellation wine that only bodes well for the single vineyard designates from this vintage. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 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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