2009 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. Vibrant nose suggests candied cherry, rose petal and smoky minerals. A pliant, sweet fruit bomb in the mouth, with fresh flavors of red fruit preserves and flowers. A refreshingly bitter herbal note adds complexity to the persistent, penetrating finish. This is already delicious. (ST)
Fresh, bright, ripe black cherry, raspberry and light floral scents lead off in this supple, fleshy, full-bodied red, which is complex and layered on the palate, maintaining its core fruitiness and gaining subtle touches of dark berry and spice. (JL)
Its first aromas of ripe red cherries combine with background notes of tart black cherries, hints of cappuccino and intriguing notes of smoky oak. Rich and fairly supple on the palate, a bit more open and accessible than most of its vineyard-designate mates, it is accordingly more suited to the nearer term than they are.
A fruity and juicy red with dried strawberry and lemon rind character that follows through to a medium body, with fine tannins. Fresh finish. Drink now. (JS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a gorgeous wine bursting with expressive aromatics and juicy, exuberant fruit. This is a beautiful entry-level wine that makes a great introduction to the wines of Kosta Browne. Sweet floral and spice notes add complexity on the juicy, racy finish. This is a terrific showing. The Russian River bottling was vinified with 8-9% whole clusters. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. (AG)