2011 Kosta Browne "Keefer Ranch" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
*Three Stars* We have often found a singular and very identifiable purity to the fruit of Russian River's best Pinot sites, and this lovely version from Keefer Ranch is perfect example of just that. It is optimally ripened and very rich right from the first with a long and very deep complement of juicy, red-cherry fruit, and its teasing suggestions of sweet oak and dried flowers only make a good thing even better. It manages to be lively and lithe and fairly substantial all at once, and its lengthy, amazingly vital finish further marks it as a decidedly collectable wine that vies with the very best of the vintage.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes red berry liqueur, spicecake and potpourri, with a cola nuance adding depth. Nervy and precise on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of rose pastille. Silky tannins come on late and add shape to a long, juicy finish with a repeating floral note. (ST)
Savory herbs, tobacco, mint, wild flowers and sweet spices all flesh out in the 2011 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard. A weightless, gracious wine, the 2011 impresses for its energy, pliancy and overall sense of harmony. Darker tonalities of red and purplish fruit wrap around the close. The 2011 is both juicy and vibrant, essentially the best of both worlds in this vintage. (AG)
A delicate, understated style, featuring pure, ripe raspberry and wild berry notes, with a touch of gravel. Ends with floral-anise scents and fine-grained tannins.