2007 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
*Two Stars* This remarkably well-concentrated wine is endowed with black cherry fruit as its primary focus and adds in caramel and crème brûlée richness alongside hints of toffee and dried spices. It is full but not heavy on the palate and already exhibits the wonderfully lush texture of fine Pinot Noir. Deep and flavorful, open and quite accessible, structured for aging and able to be enjoyed today, this is a wine to be remembered.
Firm, tight, elegant and understated, this offers fresh, vibrant flavors of black cherry, wild berry and raspberry. (Web-2012) (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid red. Intensely spicy aromas of black raspberry, cherry skin, anise and white pepper. Lush and sweet, with deep, focused red and dark berry flavors, silky texture and a late kick of brown spices. I really like this wine's energy and finishing clarity. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A red cherry and Pinot-liqueur nose trimmed in light spice and menthol notes is followed by supple and fruit-forward flavors that possess good mid-palate focus and fat that buffers the moderately firm structural elements on the sappy and discreetly warm finish.
Rich dark crimson. Very sweet cherry juice on the front of the palate which then tightens to an extremely focussed finish. This is certainly the 'velvety beverage' that Michael Browns says he wants to create, although it is a long, long way from Burgundy.