2011 Kosta Browne "One Sixteen" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
*Two Stars* Although slightly subdued in the nose and a bit on the tight side even if showing nominal green-apple fruit beneath a well-tailored oaky veneer, this wine exhibits far more of most everything once in the mouth with plenty of fruity substance and energy to spare. That said, it is still on the firm side with respect to structure and balance, and it narrows a bit at the finish, but its lively fruit stays the course and does not lag in the least. Match this one up with scallops in cream sauce if patience comes hard, but our recommendation is that it be left to sit for another twelve months.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Green-tinged gold. A complex bouquet evokes lime, lemongrass and white flowers, with a smoky, leesy overtone. Spicy, firm and precise, offering lively citrus zest flavors and a deeper touch of honeydew. Packs a punch but comes off lithe and nervy, with an exotic coconut quality and a lingering floral note on the very long finish. (ST)
Sleek and perfumed, with pretty floral scents wrapped around lively and refreshing flavors of subtle tangerine and nectarine. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Chardonnay One Sixteen comes across as a bit compact and energetic in this vintage. Lemon pastry, white flowers and crushed rocks all come to life in the glass. The 2011 is all about energy, dynamism and length. In that sense, it is a typical wine for the year, long on persistence, but with a little less mid-palate generosity than other years. Some of the fruit was fermented in concrete eggs, a recent arrival to the winery. (AG)
From the makers of much sought-after Pinot Noir, this Chardonnay was made from grapes sourced from the same cool growing region, within several miles of the winery's production facility. "One Sixteen" is named for Highway 116, which runs through the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley appellation, where vines grow in sandy, Goldridge soil. According to the winery's tasting notes, it's "a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sweet spot within the Russian River Valley... These sites all have superb micro-climates, offering just the right amount of warmth during the day and very cool nights, which leads to intensely focused wine with generous natural acidity." While their 2010 vintage was comprised of just three vineyard sources, fruit for the 2011 was sourced from El Diablo, Heintz, Searby, Ulises Valdez and the Martinelli family's Charles Ranch and Zio Tony Vineyards.