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2011 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. 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 Gap’s Crown, Walala and Terra de Promissio vineyards.

Light crimson in color. 14.4% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cloves, baking spices and forest floor. Light to medium body with refreshing acidity. Loads of upfront fruit but plenty of structure and balance. Cherries, cranberries, pomegranate and cinnamon on the palate. There are still some tannins on a glorious finish. The wine bodes well for the 2011 Kosta Browne single vineyard wines. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The 2016 version will be released next Spring and will likely cost around $70. I’ll be 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 last year’s version of The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2012 Sandlands Trousseau – Bottle Notes

Sandlands is the personal project of Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua. Tegan is the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Turley. The line-up encompasses some of the forgotten classic California varieties, primarily grown in decomposed granite from regions and vineyards that have been farmed for many generations but have remained the outliers of California viticulture.

The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Bohan Vineyard in Cazadero on the Sonoma Coast.

Light red in color. Almost as light in color as a red wine can get. 13.2% ABV. Subtle nose of red fruits, citrus and forest floor. Light and refreshing with tangy acidity. Cranberries, pomegranate, black tea and minerals on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Fascinating wine that closely resembles a Beaujolais more than anything else. Drink this one soon.

My rating: 89 points.

Seriously consider signing up for the Sandlands mailing list. Tegan has a model of exceptional wines at extremely fair prices from impeccable vineyards. What more can you ask for?

Just this past year Sandlands made its debut on The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2009 Sojourn Pinot Noir Ridgetop Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Ridgetop Vineyard is owned and managed by Thomas Rivers Brown and Fred Schrader.  It is located in the remote coastal mountains along the northern Sonoma Coast near Annapolis. Ulises Valdez tends to the vineyard.

Light crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Ripe red fruits and baking spices on the nose. Big, rich, fruit forward Pinot Noir. Flavors of brown sugar, black cherry, cola, cranberry and nutmeg. Tons of fruit left on a very long finish. Unabashedly New World in style. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 90 points.

Current wines are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website. The 2012 Ridgetop Pinot Noir was priced at $59 per bottle.

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2013 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – 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. Rivers-Marie also does several single vineyard Cabernets and a Chardonnay. In addition to making his own wine, Thomas serves as a consultant for a number of wineries including SchraderOutpost and Black Sears.

Golden in color. 14.1% ABV. Lemon, green apple and vanilla on the nose. Rich yet precise with sufficient acidity. Lemon meringue, pears and a hint of mineral on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. This wine completey over delivers at the $25 price point. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

At $25 this wine is one of the very best values in California Chardonnay. I think there are many wineries out there who wish they could deliver a wine like this using Sonoma Coast grapes at such a compelling price.

Rivers-Marie wines are only available via their mailing list. The 2014 version of this wine will be released next Spring.

I’ve blogged about Rivers-Marie previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings

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2009 Sojourn Pinot Noir Rodgers Creek Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Rodgers Creek Vineyard is situated between Sonoma and Petaluma. It sits at 300 feet above sea level with almost perfect western exposure.

Crimson in color. 14.3% ABV. Great nose of clove, red fruits, mushrooms and earth. Medium body and more acidity than I am accustomed to from Sojourn. Rich and spicy. Black cherry, strawberry, cranberry and mineral on the palate. Exceptional finish. The best Sojoun Pinot Noir in recent memory. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website. The 2012 was priced at $48 per bottle.

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2007 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Sangiacomo Vineyard is located on Roberts Road at the western base of Sonoma Mountain. Sojourn sources from two distinct blocks planted in the late 1990’s.

Pale red in color. 14.5% ABV. Cherries, cloves and cola on the nose. Medium body and medium acidity. Cherries, strawberries, cinnamon and plenty of earth on the palate. Great finish. Simply a delicious wine. So much to like. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Current vintages are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website. The 2012 is priced at $54 per bottle.

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2008 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. 14.8% ABV. Sweet red fruits, earth, cinnamon and tea on the nose. Big, rich and bold. Great mouthfeel and nice acidity. Strawberries, sassafras, cloves and cherries on the palate. Everything I love about Kanzler Vineyard. Super effort from a challenging vintage. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 91 points.

Current vintages of Kanzler are available exclusively via the mailing list. The 2012 was released last spring at a price of $52. Highly recommended.

In other news Rivers-Marie has started to make a Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir with the 2012 vintage. I expect the wine will be spectacular.

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2007 Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Gap’s Crown Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast is situated directly east of and overlooks the Sangiacomo Vineyard on Roberts Road near Cotati at an elevation of 300-800 feet above sea level.

Garnet in color. 14.6% ABV. Red fruits, nutmeg and earth on the nose. Bright flavor profile with just enough acidity. Cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry, baking spice and cinnamon on the palate. Medium length finish. Solid wine but I was expecting more. Drink over the next year or two.

My rating: 90 points.

Current vintages are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2007 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. 14.7% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cloves, baking spice and sassafras. Impeccable balance and acidity. Rich and lush. Deep flavors of black cherry, anise, cola, rhubarb and mushrooms on the palate. There is a touch of greeness that I can’t quite put my finger on that comes through on the palate. Fresh green beans? It’s not distracting though and actually adds to this wines appeal. The finish is tremendous. Kanzler vineyard never disappoints. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages of Kanzler are available exclusively via the mailing list. The 2012 was just released at a price of $52. Highly recommended.

In other news Rivers-Marie has started to make a Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir with the 2012 vintage. I expect the wine will be spectacular.

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2008 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 ’08 Sonoma Coast is a blend from Gap’s Crown, Terra de Promissio and Walala Vineyards.

Maroon in color with slight bricking on the edges. 14.6% ABV. Dark fruits, spice, anise and forest floor on the nose. Medium body with perfect acidity. Black cherry, cloves, truffles and A&W Root Beer on the palate. Subtle tannins. From memory this wine has a darker fruit profile than previous vintages. This wine clearly has none of the heat many associate with the Kosta Browne wines of yesteryear. What’s not to like? Super wine! Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2012 was just released for $64 and is 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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