2012 Kosta Browne "One Sixteen" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1163175 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A gorgeous Chardonnay, the 2012 One Sixteen offers both incredibly classy elegance, as well as building richness and texture. Ripe stone fruits, lemon curd, white flowers, liquid mineral, brioche and toast all emerge from the glass, and this beauty has a medium to full-bodied, elegant, taut and energetic profile on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass. Staying lively and refreshing, with vibrant acidity, this beauty will age gracefully for over a decade (although bottles would not last that long at my house). (JD)  (10/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale gold. High-pitched aromas of Meyer lemon, pear skin and smoky minerals, with a hint of clove in the background. Tight, mineral-driven orchard fruit flavors put on weight with air and pick up a sexy floral quality and a touch of dried fig. Finishes tight and long, with an emphatic mineral kick. (ST)  (5/2014)

91 points Vinous

 Kosta Browne's Chardonnay One Sixteen is open and very pretty. A wine of pure texture, the 2012 impresses for its soft, caressing personality. Lemon peel, white flowers and spices all flesh out in a resonant, highly appealing Chardonnay. I would prefer to drink the 2012 in its youth, while the fruit remains vibrant. Light tropical-inflected notes linger on the close. As has been the case for the last few years, the Chardonnay was done partly in oak. Vineyard sources include Zio Tony, El Diablo, Searby, Ulises Valdez, Charles Ranch and Heinz. (AG)  (2/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Tight and concentrated, with a trim mix of subtle pear, honeysuckle, green fig and apple flavors. Aromas of fresh citrus and honeydew gain through the long and persistent finish. (JL)  (7/2014)

K&L Notes

A note from the Winery: "Our One Sixteen Chardonnay is named after the Gravenstein Highway 116 which cuts through the town of Sebastopol, where this wine embodies the true character of the Green Valley sub-appellation; a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir hot spot within the Russian River Valley. The 2013 vintage is sourced from seven incredible vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley: Boudreaux, El Diablo, Heintz, Searby, Ulises Valdez and Martinelli’s Charles Ranch and Zio Tony Vineyards. These sites all have superb microclimates, generous natural acidity."

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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.


- 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.
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 Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5