Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2016 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands – 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.

Sourced from Gary’s, Rosella’s, Sierra Mar, and Sobranes Vineyards.

Ruby red in color. 13.8% ABV. Stunning nose of red fruits, cloves and forest floor. Medium body with perfect acidity. Rich and earthy with just enough compelling fruits. Cranberry, pomegranate, cherry and minerals on the palate. The finish is long and supple. I bought this bottle on WineBid as my allocation typically only includes the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. At first glance this wine is more earthy and less opulent than I am accustomed to but there is no questioning the pedigree here. Best over the next several years.

My rating: 92 points.

The 2022 Kosta Browne Appellation wines will be released to the mailing list early next year.

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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