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2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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.

Kanzler Vineyard is located in western Sonoma County, just south of Bodega Highway on Sander’s Road and was planted in 1996.

Crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Gorgeous nose of dark fruits, brown sugar and cloves. Wonderful fruit held in balance by the right amount of acidity. Nice grip on the palate. Flavors of black cherry, baking spices and sarsaparilla. The finish is long and toasty. Really nice showing from a vintage that many proclaimed would not bode well for Kosta Browne over the long term. Drink over the next year or two.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2013 version will be released this Fall. 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 last year’s version of The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch – Bottle Notes

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.

Keefer Ranch is located in the Green Valley appellation in the southwestern corner of the Russian River Valley.

Light red in color. 14.7% ABV. Black fruits, baking spice and rose petals on the nose. Light body with medium acidity. Mouth coating and voluptuous in a manner in which I have come to expect from this producer. Black cherry, brown sugar and black tea on the palate. Lacks the hedonistic fruit that Kosta Brown so often delivers but delicious nonetheless. Drink in the near term.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2013 version will be released this Fall. 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 last year’s version of The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2006 Dehlinger Estate Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Dehlinger Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and was founded in 1975 by Tom and Carole Dehlinger. Eva Dehlinger took over winemaking duties in 2007. Known for their Pinot Noir, Dehlinger also makes Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

The grapes for Dehlinger Wines are largely grown on the Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The initial vines were planted in 1975 and followed by subsequent plantings through 1989.

Light crimson in color. Almost translucent. 14.9% ABV. Pure nose of red fruits, cloves and earth. Medium body with perfect acidity. Super clean on the palate with flavors of cherries, cranberries, strawberries and spice. The finish is long and seamless. Drink over the next 2-3 years. This bottle was a relief after after some problematic bottles from ’04 and ’05. Special wine. Everything I love about Dehlinger.

My rating: 94 points.

Dehlinger Winery has a great reputation among wine connoisseurs. Wine writers have consistently given strong reviews while praising the winery for its uniqueness, quality, consistency and value. About 75% of their wine is sold via the mailing list. Amazing wines that are well worth the search.

I wrote about Dehlinger previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2006 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Dehlinger Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and was founded in 1975 by Tom and Carole Dehlinger. Eva Dehlinger took over winemaking duties in 2007. Known for their Pinot Noir, Dehlinger also makes Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

The grapes for Dehlinger Wines are largely grown on the Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The initial vines were planted in 1975 and followed by subsequent plantings through 1989. Goldridge is a reference to a soil type within the Dehlinger Estate Vineyard.

Light garnet in color. 14.8% ABV. Red fruits, cloves, earth and minerals on the nose. Delicate and feminine with medium acidity. Bing cherries, forest floor, cola, flowers and spice on the palate. Atypical Dehlinger. It lacks the great texture I so adore in Dehlinger Pinot’s. Charming and somewhat Burgundian. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 91 points.

Dehlinger Winery has a great reputation among wine connoisseurs. Wine writers have consistently given strong reviews while praising the winery for its uniqueness, quality, consistency and value. About 75% of their wine is sold via the mailing list. Amazing wines that are well worth the search.

I wrote about Dehlinger previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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 Koplen Vineyard lies in the Middle Reach of the Russian River appellation, just off Olivet Road. Slightly sloped, this young vineyard is showing bold fruit with complex flavors. Dennis Koplen farms the vineyard and Kosta Browne is the only producer to take fruit from this vineyard.

Crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. Complex nose of red fruits, violets and baking spice. Medium bodied with ample acidity. The palate is alive with strawberries, bing cherries, plums, brown sugar, earth and cloves. Subtle, silky tannins grace a long, sweet finish. Unmistakably a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from Kosta Browne. Drink over the next year or so.

My rating: 93 points.

The 2012 version will be released this Fall. 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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2006 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Williams Selyem Winery began when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in 1979 in Forestville, California. Their first commercial release was in 1981, and in less than two decades they created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Setting a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking, they put Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley at the forefront of the best Pinot Noir regions in the world.

Today, John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, work with winemaker Bob Cabral to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise.

The fruit for the ’06 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was sourced from the Drake Estate Vineyard, the Allen Vineyard, the Flax Vineyard, the Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard, the Bucher Vineyard, and the Litton Estate Vineyard.

Light red. Almost translucent in color. 14.3% ABV. Forest floor, spice, earth, pine needle and red fruits on the nose. Medium body and just perfect acidity. Orange rind, sassafras, cherries, nutmeg and minerals on the palate. The wine finishes strong and has enough tannins to warrant another year or so in the cellar. This bottle bodes well for the ’06 single vineyard wines.

My rating: 92 points.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended. Current vintages of the Russian River Valley bottling are approximately $50 off the mailing list and at retail. I sometimes find myself questioning the price point on this wine but in looking at the vineyard sources I could make an argument that the price is fair.

In other news it was announced recently that Bob Cabral will be leaving Williams Selyem after the 2014 vintage is harvested. This is a huge blow to Williams Selyem and one that needs to be closely monitored by fans of the winery.

I wrote about Williams Selyem recently in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley.

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2006 Kanzler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

Kanzler Vineyards, located in California near Sebasopol, was founded in 1996 by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. Planted in 1996 in a former apple orchard, the vineyard quickly developed a reputation for producing world class Pinot Noir grapes featured in award winning wines from some of the finest wineries in Northern California, including Kosta Browne, A.P. VIN and Landmark. In 2004, the Kanzlers launched their own label featuring grapes grown exclusively from their vineyard. Alex Kanzler, the son of Stephen and Lynda, is the current winemaker.

Light crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. Red fruits, forest floor and cinnamon on the nose. This wine is elegant with perfect acidity. Cherry, strawberry, baking spice, tea, cola and licorice in spades on the palate. Silky tannins and great mouthfeel. Drink over the next 1-3 years. I really enjoy this wine every time I have it. Well done!

My rating: 94 points.

Current vintages of Kanzler are available exclusively via the mailing list. The 2012 will be released next spring and likely cost right around $55. Highly recommended.

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2006 Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Light red in color. Almost translucent. 14.2% ABV. Clove, spice, earth and tree sap on the nose. Medium bodied. Crisp acidity. Cherries, forest floor, mushrooms and brown sugar on the palate. Silky tannins and a long finish. This wine is in a great place right now. Drink over the next year or so while you wait on the Single Vineyard bottlings.

My rating: 92 points.

At present time (and for the foreseeable future) buying from Rochioli via the mailing list is not an option. The Estate wines do show up at retail periodically, and the winery’s Russian River Valley tasting room is still open for public tasting. They may only be pouring a couple of wines, but it’s a great opportunity to buy a bottle for a picnic on their lovely patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

The current vintage of the Estate Pinot Noir will set you back about $50 at the winery or retail.

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2006 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

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 wine is a blend of four vineyards: Gap’s Crown, Miron, Kanzler and Dutton Manzana. 37% new oak and 14.8 ABV. The wine is a light red, almost translucent, in color. Elegant and balanced with a aromas of cherries and green tea. Sweet red fruits, brown sugar, pomegranate, rhubarb, pie crust and spice cake. Aging gracefully. Drink over the next year or so. I’m making a mental note to check in on the ’06 KB Single Vineyard wines later in the year.

My rating: 92 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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2006 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife Genevieve Marie Walsh have quickly made Rivers-Marie one of California’s most sought after Pinot Noir labels. The winery was founded in 2002 and the first release was the Rivers-Marie Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir. Other Pinot Noirs from Rivers-Marie include the Silver Eagle, Gioia and Occidental Ridge. Rivers-Marie also does several single vineyard Cabernets and a Chardonnay. Thomas Rivers Brown also consults for a number of wineries including Schrader, Outpost and Black Sears.

Occidental Ridge Vineyard is situated on a wind-swept, sun drenched promontory above the little town of Occidental on the Sonoma Coast. The vineyard is a fruit source for both Rivers-Marie and Failla.

Ruby red in color. Spice, cranberries and sandalwood on the nose. Black cherry, asian spice, earth, mushroom, pine needles, pomegranate and raspberries on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and spicy. Great acidity. This wine will age well for another 3-5 years. I am going to make every effort to save my 2006 Summa Old Vines until it is 10 years old.

My rating: 93 points.

The wine is only available via the mailing list. This one is worth the wait.

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