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2008 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch 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. 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.

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. Pretty nose of red and black fruits, nutmeg, cloves and cherry cola. Silky, bright and fruit forward with loads of acidity. Black cherry, rhubarb, cranberry and baking spices on the palate. The finish is long and plush. Absolutely stunning Pinot Noir. At or near the pinnacle for this variety in the Russian River Valley. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 95 points.

The 2015 version will be released this Fall and will likely cost around $80. 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 last year’s version of The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2011 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands – 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. 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.

The fruit for the 2011 Santa Lucia Highlands was sourced from Garys’, Pisoni, Rosella’s, Sierra Mar and Soberanes Vineyards.

Light crimson in color. 14.5% AB. Pretty nose of red fruits, baking spice and forest floor. Medium body with medium to strong acidity. Light and more earthy than the other Kosta Browne appellation wines. Cherries, cranberries, spice and sarsaparilla on the palate. The finish is long and the earthy tones linger. Slightly less impressive in this vintage than the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2015 version was recently released for $68. 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 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2008 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. Pretty nose of red fruits, baking spices, cloves and a touch of forest floor. Medium body with ample acidity. Still packed with fruit but in a more elegant package at nine years of age. Black cherry, anise, cinnamon and sarsaparilla on the palate. The finish is glorious. Stunning Pinot Noir and everything I love about Kosta Browne. Drink over the next several years.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2015 version will be released next 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 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – 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 2010 Russian River Valley was sourced from 10 separate vineyards including Kanzler, Koplen and Amber Ridge.

Crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. Spectacular nose cherries, cloves and nutmeg. Medium to full body with plenty of acidity. Plush and exotic. Cranberries, cherry cola and baking spices on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Everything I look for in a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Kosta Browne in particular. Absolutely delicious. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The 2015 version will be released next Spring. 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 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2010 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.

Magenta in color. 14.7% ABV. Stunning nose of red fruits, cloves and fresh mushrooms. Light to medium body with medium acidity. Pretty and elegant. Bing cherries, cranberries, pomegranate and sarsaparilla on the palate. The finish is tremendous. Everything I expect in a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The 2014 vintage of Kanzler was recently released via the mailing list at a price of $58. Highly recommended.

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2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 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 2010 Sonoma Coast was sourced from Gap’s Crown, Walala and Terra de Promissio Vineyards.

I decided on a bottle of Kosta Browne to mentally prepare for the mailer which I believe arrives tomorrow. As always, I will buy until it hurts.

Magenta in color. 14.4% ABV. Gorgeous nose of black cherries, cloves and forest floor. Textbook Kosta Browne. Medium to full body with more than enough acidity. Fantastic mouth feel and texture. Cherries, cranberry, pomegranate and mushrooms on the palate. The finish is long and exquisite. Drink over the next 1-2 while you wait on the Single Vineyard Designates.

My rating: 93 points.

The 2015 version will be released next Spring. 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 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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Pick My Next Bottle – Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The June Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened this Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published shortly thereafter.

The Sonoma Coast American Viticulture Area includes about 2,000 vineyard acres, and fewer than 10 wineries (not counting wineries that belong to overlapping appellations such as the Russian River Valley). Many of California’s most celebrated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are grown here. The producers I selected make some of the best wines in the AVA, if not the state.

The Contenders:

2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard – Ruby-red. Energetic aromas of black raspberry, blood orange, candied rose and minerals. Vivid, impressively focused red and dark berry flavors are complicated by an exotic floral pastille quality. The silky tannins add support and gentle grip to the long, subtly sweet finish. 93 points from Stephen Tanzer.

2004 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard –  Good deep ruby-red. Knockout, high-toned nose of black raspberry and minerals. Fully ripe but quite dry, pure and penetrating, with a youthfully aggressive character. The dense flavors of wild brambly berries and bitter chocolate reminded me of a wine on the Nuits-Saint-Georges/Vosne-Romanee border. Finishes with serious tannic spine. Very impressive but in need of some cellaring. May ultimately merit an even higher score. 92 points from Stephen Tanzer.

2006 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa Vineyard – Outstanding. A wonderfully complex nose is highly expressive, offering notes of black cherry and spiced raspberry that lead to equally complex middle weight flavors that possess good detail and a lovely layering effect on the solidly persistent finish. This is not especially dense in the manner of the 2004 and 2005 versions though the extract confers the sense of concentration on the delicious backend. A study in balance and grace. 92 points from Stephen Tanzer.

Which Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Should I Open?

  • 2006 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa Vineyard (38%, 15 Votes)
  • 2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard (36%, 14 Votes)
  • 2004 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard (26%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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Thanks for voting! I’d love to see a comment below on why you picked one bottle over another. Also, please do let me know if you have any suggestions for the July installment of Pick My Next Bottle.

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Pick My Next Bottle – 2008 Pinot Noir

The October installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2008 Pinot Noir from California and Oregon. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. I plan on opening the winning bottle this coming weekend and will publish a Bottle Note shortly thereafter.

2008 was an exceptional vintage in Oregon. Dry weather in September and October allowed vintners to pick their grapes at the optimal time. The vintage was more challenging in Northern California with extreme weather and vast wildfires.

The Contenders:

2008 Thomas Pinot Noir – Vivid ruby-red. An intriguing, highly aromatic bouquet evokes red and dark berries, cherry, sassafras and smoky Indian spices, with a slow-mounting floral element. Juicy, penetrating redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up floral, game and herbal nuances. A lively mineral quality adds lift and cut to the sweet, strikingly persistent finish, which shows a hint of dusty tannins. Displays excellent complexity already but this wine has a stellar track record for aging. 94 points from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.

2008 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard –  Bright ruby. Intensely perfumed bouquet displays red berries, potpourri and star anise. Michael Browne told me that he used a lot of whole clusters this year “to increase the spiciness. The fruit is always powerful and I wanted to bring an extra dimension.” Pliant, juicy red fruit flavors are complicated by notes of cinnamon and spicecake, with slow-building smokiness. Finishes with refreshing tangy cut and a strong echo of raspberry. 92 points from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.

2008 Dehlinger Pinot Noir – The flagship Pinot, the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate, comes from the finest hilltop parcels in his beautiful Russian River vineyard. Its dense plum/ruby color is followed by a perfumed nose of forest floor, and sweet black raspberries, black cherries and plums intermixed with a hint of Asian spice. Fleshy and medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, good acidity and purity, it demonstrates a commitment to intelligent winemaking. These wines are never over-oaked or extreme in any fashion. The 2008 Pinot Noirs continue Dehlinger’s nearly unbroken record of success with Pinot that started in the mid-seventies. The ever reliable Tom Dehlinger continues to turn out some of the most fairly priced wine in all of California. 93 points from the Wine Advocate.

Which 2008 Pinot Noir Should I Open?

  • 2008 Thomas Pinot Noir (63%, 22 Votes)
  • 2008 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard (26%, 9 Votes)
  • 2008 Dehlinger Pinot Noir (11%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

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Thanks for voting! I’d love to see a comment below on why you picked one bottle over another. Also, let me know if you have any suggestions for the November installment of Pick My Next Bottle.

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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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