Kosta Browne began as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In the summer of 1997, while working at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa, California, Dan and Michael decided to pool their tips and venture into winemaking. Fifteen years later, Kosta Browne is one of the most sought after Pinot Noirs in all of California. At present time they produce three appellation Pinot Noirs, eight single vineyard Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay.
The 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of nine vineyards which lie in and around the central part of the Russian River Valley appellation.
Still very dark in color. 14.7% ABV. Raspberry, cherry and a touch of root beer on the nose. Plush mouthfeel. Great texture. Just the right amount of acidity. Black cherry, raspberry liqueur, baking spice and mineral on the palate. The finish is tremendous. This wine is showing great right now but would benefit from at least a one hour decant.
My rating: 93 points.
The current vintage is priced at $58 and only available via the mailing list. As I mentioned in the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists, Kosta Browne is one of hardest lists to crack. Maybe so, but you’ve got nothing to lose by putting your name on the waiting list. Good luck!
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