2010 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
*Top 100 Wines of 2012, Highly Recommended* Rich and expressive, with bold layers of ripe blueberry, plum and wild berry flavors that show touches of spice and espresso. At points open-knit, yet tightening on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2023.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Pungent, highly aromatic red berry and cherry aromas show an array of floral, Asian spice and herb nuances. Ripe but energetic black raspberry, cherry-cola flavors show a subtle smoky earthiness and gain sweetness with air. Finishes sappy and long, with a strong whiplash of bitter cherry. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is juicier, richer and rounder than the Sonoma Coast bottling tasted alongside it. Here it's the immediacy of the fruit that speaks loudest. Cinnamon, cherries, plums and mint are some of the notes that flesh out on a juicy, exuberant finish that captures the essence of Russian River Pinot. (AG)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This possesses the highest-toned nose of the range with a ripe cherry, raspberry and cranberry-infused aromatic profile. This is very round and suave with plenty of palate coating dry extract that imparts a seductive mouth feel though unfortunately, there is distinct warmth on the finish and the only antidote for this is to maintain a cooler than normal serving temperature. This is definitely pretty but the warmth will be enough to bother those who are sensitive to it.
From the winery: "The 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of eleven vineyards which lie in cool areas throughout the Russian River Valley. Russian River Valley is a complex region, and this Pinot Noir has many layers and complexities. The wine shows a range from bright red fruits to brambly voluptuous characteristics, all hallmark of the appellation. The individual lots are all unique, providing distinct aromas and flavors, and giving the blend broad complexity."