2011 Kosta Browne "Koplen Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Zeros in on a tight core of vivid dark berry, with touches of wild berry, raspberry and blueberry shaded by creamy oak. Gains velocity and depth, ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Highly expressive aromas of ripe red and dark berries, cola and rose oil. Vibrant and precise, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of allspice. Closes with strong cut, gentle tannins and a late note of candied flowers. Very sexy already but I'd let this one rest for a few more years. (ST)
The 2011 Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard is a wine of real density and power. Big and broad shouldered, the 2011 blossoms in the glass beautifully, filling out its frame very nicely. Plums, black cherries, cloves, menthol and licorice are all woven into the juicy, enveloping finish. The Koplen could use another year or two in bottle to fully come together. (AG)
*Two Stars* Sweet and outgoing in scent with toasty oak in support of its deep, and nicely concentrated black cherry fruit, this ample offering has lots of substance and size with a sense of solidity and the structure of an eminently ageworthy Pinot Noir. Its undisguised ripeness is tempered by its fine acid balance, and its lengthy finish is marked by a slight tannic grip. It is still a bit gruff at the edges, but its prospects for polish are quite good, and it will pay dividends to those willing to wait for another three to five years.