2014 Kosta Browne "One Sixteen" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
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)
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.
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-2016)
Kosta Browne's 2014 Chardonnay One Sixteen offers up attractive scents of orchard fruit, chamomile and almond, with lightly honeyed notes that develop in the glass. A hint of toastiness from the oak gives the wine an element of sweetness, yet the One Sixteen is a relatively restrained, mid-weight Chardonnay. I would prefer to drink it over the next 2-3 years. (AG)
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.