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2017 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1402404 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley comes from a multitude of sites and spent 17 months in 45% new French oak. It's slightly more reticent than the Sonoma Coast and offers more raspberry, ripe cherries, cola, mulled spiced, and earth. Rounded, beautifully textured, and medium to full-bodied, it has a supple, seamless style that's already a joy to drink. Nevertheless, I suspect it will keep for upwards of a decade. Inner quote mark (6/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Aged 17 months in 45% new French oak, the pale to medium ruby colored 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley opens with broody aromas of spiced cranberry sauce, crushed black cherries, loam, cumin seeds, dried leaves and a classy framing of new oak spice with notions of orange peel and amaro. It's medium-bodied and silky, offering plush, ripe fruits in the mouth, with a grainy frame and mouthwatering freshness, finishing very long. This is a tick up in complexity from the 2016 version. 'We had all our fruit in the week before the fires started, and we were able to get into the winery and everything was fine,' says assistant winemaker Julien Howsepian. (EB) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Nico Cuevo sources the fruit for this Russian River Valley pinot from a host of vineyards, focusing on sites near the Kosta Browne winery in Sebastopol. In 2017, he built a wine with stature, lovely richness and the tight, muscular body of a marathon runner. Its sour-cherry notes carry tense floral and earthy scents, quiet in the middle, then amplified into the finish toward a far horizon line. This is a generous wine with some brightness and tension to sustain it over the next several years in the cellar. (JG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A delightfully thoughtful and richly rewarding appellation wine, sourced from Bootlegger’s Hill, Treehouse, Zio Tony and other stellar sites, this is hearty in red and blue fruit, cardamom and a taste of cola. Velvety rich and layered, it has well-integrated oak and broad appeal, with a lasting thread of acidity. (VB) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a blend of more than a dozen parcels. It has such sweet red-fruit aromas with a sweet-spice edge, too. The palate has super smooth, approachable and soft, fleshy red cherries. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Juicy, with lithe flavors of crushed red plum, cherry tart and red currant that feature notes of raspberry preserves. The lively finish is ebulliently spiced, showing some flinty hints. (KM) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

K&L Notes

Antonio Galloni writes: "I continue to be deeply impressed by what I am seeing at Kosta Browne. Under the leadership of Managing Director Scott Becker and Winemaker Nico Cueva, Kosta Browne has confidently entered the second generation of its life. Becker is the rare entrepreneur who has strategic vision but who understands the practical elements of running a business and also has a huge passion for wine, while Cueva has the imagination and leeway to keep the wines contemporary and relevant. Open top wood fermenters and concrete are increasingly present, as is the practice of using some whole clusters. Perhaps most importantly, Kosta Browne is one of the few California wineries that has the resources and long-term plan to secure fruit sources by continuing to acquire vineyards."


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