2012 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1157089 93 points 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)  (10/2014)

92 points Vinous

 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)  (1/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (9/2014)

91 points 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)  (5/2014)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (7/2014)

K&L Notes

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."

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).