2009 Kosta Browne "Koplen Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
*Two Stars* Perhaps the most concentrated of this set of wines, this ripe and rich effort is impressive now and will remain so for years to come. Its early openness smacks of cherries and raspberries with hint of plums, and yet there is a lifting sense of backbone and sturdiness to its aromas again to its flavors that makes it into something quite special. Its finish is somewhat less polished than many of its mates, and we would hold off for two to four years while it rounds out.
Firm, tight and somewhat closed, but with a wealth of flavor built around ripe plum, black cherry and blueberry. Juicy and full-bodied, showing a nice tannic backbone on the finish. Drink now through 2019. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright violet. Perfumed array of red and dark berry and floral qualities, along with notes of allspice and incense. A sexy floral note comes up with air and carries onto the palate, which offers sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and a hint of succulent herbs. Doesn't let up on the finish, which echoes the raspberry note and shows wonderful intensity. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard is gorgeous. Black cherries, menthol, spices, violets wrap around the palate in this sensual, alluring wine. Here the aromas and flavors tend towards the dark, sepia-toned end of the spectrum. The Koplen is layered, complete and totally beautiful. There is an element of gravitas that is particularly appealing. The Koplen was partially vinified in wood uprights, with 18% whole clusters. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. (AG)