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. Twenty 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.
Sourced from eight different vineyards including Kanzler and Gap’s Crown.
Light crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Glorious nose of red fruits, cloves, sarsaparilla and anise. Medium to full bodied with exquisite acidity. Plush and nuanced with super texture and mouth feel. Raspberry, cranberry and dried herbs on the palate. The finish is long and sappy with moderate tannins. Really delicious Pinot Noir and everything you expect from a Kosta Browne appellation wine. Best over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 93 points.
The 2016 version was recently released at a price of $68. I’m a buyer. Past vintages of this wine frequently show up on WineBid for at or near the original release cost.
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!
Kosta Browne fared well in The 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.