Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2012 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 but 2017 was the last vintage of this wine from KB.

Crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. Pretty nose of dark fruits, baking spices and flowers. Medium to full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Loaded with lush, silky fruits. Black cherry, wild strawberry, cloves and sarsaparilla on the palate. Koplen always was little more dark fruited than most of the Kosta Browne lineup and this wine is no exception. Best over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2021 Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Designates will be released to the mailing list this coming Fall.

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

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