Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2011 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Kosta Browne was founded in the late nineties by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne and has always focused on Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The winery has changed hands several times. Most recently Kosta Browne was purchased by Duckhorn Wine Company. The waiting list for the Appellation wines is 18 months long and for the coveted 4 Barrel Pinot Noir there is a 12 year waiting list.

Koplen Vineyard lies in the Middle Reach of the Russian River appellation, just off Olivet Road. Dennis Koplen farms the vineyard and Kosta Browne is the only producer to take fruit from this vineyard.

Dark crimson in color. 14.4% ABV. Sublime nose of dark fruits, cloves, sarsaparilla and forest floor. Full bodied with perfect acidity. Packed with lush fruits. Well balanced. Black cherry, black raspberry, cola and baking spices on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. If you love the Kosta Browne house style you will find this wine immensely appealing. Absolutely delicious. Best over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 95 points.

The 2019 Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Designates will be released to the mailing list this coming Fall.

I blogged about Kosta Browne recently in Exciting Changes at Kosta Browne and Too Much Being Made of a Change in Style at Kosta Browne.

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