Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2016 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – 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.

This version of the Russian River Valley is a blend from many vineyards including including Keefer, Koplen, Treehouse, Giusti and Cohn.

Crimson in color. 14.1% ABV. Charming nose of red fruits, cloves, sarsaparilla and forest floor. Medium body with perfect acidity. Decadent and fruit forward with super grip on the palate. Black cherry, boysenberry, pomegranate and baking spices on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. It might be unfashionable to still be a fan of Kosta Browne but I’ll stick around as long as the finished product is this good. Best over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 93 points.

The 2020 version will be released to mailing list members early next year.

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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