2012 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a beautiful wine that comes from four vineyards, Gap’s Crown, Griffin’s Lair, Terra de Promissio and Walala. It has a deep ruby/semi-opaque color that is followed by a youthful, rich and concentrated wine offering classic dark cherries, plum, licorice, ground herbs and baking-spice-driven aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, layered and structured, it opens up beautifully with air, has seamlessly integrated fruit, tannin and alcohol, and stays classy and nicely focused on the finish. It can be enjoyed now with a decant, but will be better in another year, and have over a decade of longevity. This was another stacked lineup by the team of Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. All of these wines showed the more approachable style of the 2012 vintage, and had seamless, elegant characters. They're beautiful now, but I suspect they will evolve nicely given their overall balance. (JD)
Mineral and saline notes give the 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) much of its distinctive energy. Dark raspberries, flowers, mint and spices open up in the glass, all supported by a very classic sense of Sonoma Coast energy. This is the most structured of the appellation wines in the range. (Antonio Galloni)
Focused on pure, ripe plum and black cherry flavors, this is supple and structured, ending with a mix of baking spices, anise, mocha and black tea notes. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. High-pitched red berry and cherry aromas, with a spicy nuance building in the glass. Downright racy for a Kosta-Browne pinot, offering nervy cherry and raspberry flavors underscored by smoky minerality. Closes with repeating spiciness, silky tannins and a touch of bitter cherry that adds a sensation of grip. (ST)
*One Star* Juicy, well-ripened, black cherry fruit is teamed up with a fair bit creamy oak and accented with a wee hint of cocoa in the very direct and outgoing aromas of this generous, full-bodied Pinot, and even though underlain by a spry streak of acidity, the wine shows a certain fleshy succulence that gives it a good deal of immediate appeal. Still, it is never fat or unwieldy, and those who choose to set it aside for a few years should be pleased that they were willing to wait.
Kosta Browne's 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot combines fruit from four vineyards and two distinct mesoclimates: Gap's Crown, Griffin's Lair, and Terra de Promissio vineyards in Sonoma's southerly Petaluma Gap, and Walala vineyard from the northwestern coast near Annapolis. The combination of the rich, voluptuous, black and blue-fruited characteristics of the southern fruit with the more red fruit-driven, earthy, and elegant fruit of the north makes for a well-rounded, complex wine with brightness, intensity, and depth of flavor. Winemaker's notes: "The 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir exhibits dark black and blue fruits that drive down the center of the palate and slowly melt into all areas of the mouth. There is focused acidity and a tannic grip that carries 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."