2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously 200)
*2011 Wine of the Year* Ripe and deeply flavored, concentrated and well-structured, this full-bodied red offers a complex mix of black cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit that's pure and persistent, ending with a pebbly note and firm tannins. Drink now through 2018. (JL)
Yummy. So delicious and beautiful with aromas of plums and cherries with flowers and dark chocolate. Full body, with fresh acidity and firm tannins and clean finish. Delicious and bright. Drink now or hold. I know it was the Wine of the Year from the Spectator. And damn good.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. An aromatic nose combines raspberry, candied licorice, pepper, violet, herbs and spicy oak. Sweet, chewy, fine-grained and juicy, with good sappy energy intensifying the red berry and cherry flavors. The persistent, gently tannic finish offers very good palate coverage and an echo of licorice. (ST)
At $52, this wine is not an everyday partner at the supper table, but it has plenty of distribution and plenty of character, and is, to our way of thinking, a good wine list choice for special meals in special restaurants. 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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is dark, round and totally gorgeous. In 2009 the Sonoma Coast is bigger and richer than the Russian River bottling. It boasts tons of juiciness in its layered, highly expressive fruit. Dark cherries, violets, licorice, spices and mint are given an extra kick of freshness from these cold-climate sites. The Sonoma Coast bottling is made from two vineyards in the Petaluma Gap and a third site on the northern coast near Annapolis. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. (AG)
"Kosta Browne is one of the great American success stories of the last decade," adds Wine Advocate. "The story begins when longtime friends Dan Kosta and Michael Browne discover a shared passion for Pinot Noir while working together at a local restaurant. They start with a tiny amount of homemade Pinot Noir, grow gradually, acquire some financing along the way, work their tails off and one day the mailing list requires a five year wait for the vineyard designated wines. Of course I am simplifying, but Kosta Browne is the type of entrepreneurial success that can only happen in this country. Over the years, as the winemaking approach has developed, the wines have become much more finessed than they used to be. Toast levels have come down. Some lots are fermented in open top wood vats, an approach that seems promising based on the wines I tasted. A number of the wines were fermented with whole clusters, as noted below. The Kosta-Browne Pinots are notable for their exuberant fruit. The wines are incredibly attractive when young, which is when I prefer to drink them." (2/2012)