2011 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $90)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Heady scents of raspberry, cherry-cola, floral oil, Asian spices and vanilla. Juicy and penetrating, with superb inner-mouth perfume to its sweet red fruit and candied rose flavors. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with excellent clarity, breadth and persistence. (ST)
The 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River) is a classic, juicy Russian River Pinot with gorgeous depth, striking aromatics and lovely overall balance. Sweet red berries, plums and spices jump from the glass in a racy, beautifully perfumed Pinot that captures the essence of the Kosta Browne house style. Vineyard sites include Castaldi, El Diablo, Giusti, Graham, Kanzler and others. (AG)
Dan Kosta makes 11 different Pinots! This one has just 5% whole cluster. 16 months in French oak (60% new).Light cherry aroma. On the palate, dry, savoury and intense with great freshness. No unwanted sweetness, very Burgundian in a richer mode. Deft and firm, some oak flavour and power showing on the long savoury finish. 17.5/20 points. (JH)
The 2011 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is sourced from select, cool vineyards including Kanzler, Keefer, Koplen, and Ulises Valdez. The wine was slowly fermented and aged for 16 months in 48% new French oak. From the winery: "This beautifully complex wine shows layered aromas of rich warm fennel and sage spices, mingled with the red and dark fresh fruit components of red raspberry, crushed ripe black cherries and hint of rose petal... (It) is pure, balanced, lush and focused. Rich chocolate-covered cherries come to the front, while fresh ripe raspberries, pomegranate and cola develop throughout the palate, all resting generously on the top of the tongue. The lingering finish wraps around your palate with focus and freshness."