2011 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
The 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) has a bit of a darker toned than the Russian River bottling, and also firmer in its tannin. Plum, black cherry, menthol, tobacco and licorice meld together gracefully as the 2011 opens up in the glass. The combination of fruit and structure is compelling. This is a fabulous appellation-level Pinot, due in part to the vineyard blend, which in 2011 includes 40% fruit from Gap's Crown, along with Terra del Promissio and Walala. (AG)
*One star* Very pure, ripe-cherry fruit leads the way here, and, if perhaps a bit less complex and far reaching than Kosta Browne's best, it is a wonderfully sure, well-balanced expression of juicy Pinot Noir all the same. It earns high marks for its liveliness and lasts and lasts at the finish, and, while it is nothing less than thoroughly delicious right now, it has the structure and stuffing to improve for a bit.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid red. Sexy, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of candied red berries, vanilla and rose pastille. Juicy and expansive, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of star anise. Very fresh, with excellent finishing clarity and sneaky tannins. There's 'a lot of Gap's Crown' fruit in here, according to Browne.
Fresh and vibrant, with zesty, snappy raspberry and wild berry that’s tight and well-balanced, this gains richness and depth on the licorice-accented finish. Drink now through 2020.
The 2011 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is sourced from three select vineyards including Gap's Crown. The wine was slowly fermented and aged for 16 months in 49% new French oak. From the winery: "The wine shows focused blueberry, black cherry and ripe currants in the nose, followed by intense blackberry and cassis. In the background there is a dusting of cocoa and black plum. (The palate) exhibits dark black and blue fruits that drive down the center of your palate and slowly melt into all areas of the mouth. There is focused acidity and a tannic grip that carry the rich dark fruit character towards the midpalate, followed by creamy black cherry, dark plum and dried currants. There is intensity to this wine that is followed by a slow release of complex flavors and textures, leading to a long and lingering finish."