2014 Kosta Browne "One Sixteen" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1249302 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Mostly barrel-fermented (a small portion was done in concrete eggs) and aged in 40% new French oak, the 2014 Chardonnay One Sixteen is a multi-vineyard blend that's mostly from the Russian River Valley. It's a screaming good effort that has rich, layered notes of roasted apples, buttered citrus, hazelnuts and brioche. Rich, yet also vibrant, pure and racy, with bright acidity, it needs short term cellaring to come together and will drink well for over a decade. (JD)  (9/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 If a bit staid and deceptively simple on first sniff with initially hesitant aromas of fresh apples backed up by a bit of sweet oak, this lively young wine follows with deep, slow-to-expand, very persistent flavors that are at once rich and bristling with fruity energy. It will serve in the short term as a cleansing foil to the likes of steamed mussels or buttery seared scallops, but there is more in store for those willing to exercise a bit of patience, and its obvious potential for better has us leaning to another year or two of cellar time.  (7/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A racy, exciting style, with a touch of grassiness to the core pear and green apple notes, this is pure, clean and focused, long and persistent, if pithy in texture. Drink now. (JL, Web Only-2016)

K&L Notes

Named for Highway 116, which winds through the Russian River Valley region on its way to the Russian River, passing many vineyards where grapes ripen under varying combinations of sun and fog along the way.

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Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5