2013 Kosta Browne "Keefer Ranch" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard comes from a 20-acre site in the Russian River Valley, acquired by this team two years ago. Harvest between September 20th and October 7th, completely destemmed and aged 16 months in 55% new French oak, it has awesome richness and freshness in its cassis, black raspberry, crushed rock and subtle vanilla bean/sweet oak bouquet. This gives way to a rich, layered, elegant red that has the balance and class to evolve nicely for a decade. (JD)
*Two Stars* This particular site is highly regarded for very good reasons, and it has been responsible for noteworthy Pinots from a number of different makers, but this latest from Kosta Browne ranks among the richest examples that we have encountered to date. It makes no apologies for its ripeness and exhibits enormous depth despite being somewhat obvious right now, but beneath its youthful succulence, it shows layers of rich oak, dark cherries, raspberries, vanilla and hints of savory spice and a great sense of drive. It is, in short, as sure a bet for aging as any sure bet can be.
A juicy, exuberant wine, the 2013 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch is all about textbook Russian River exuberance and voluptuousness. This is the first vintage in which the clonal blend incorporates dollops of Calera and Swan, which seem to add layers and textures to the forward, bold fruit. This is a very pretty Keefer Pinot from Kosta Browne. (AG)
This is firm and well-centered on ripe plum, black cherry and raspberry flavors, this is clean, trim and persistent on the finish. Good now, but should be better in a year. (JL)