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2009 Kosta Browne - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
abv 14.6%
  • 88 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 90 JS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 77892-2009
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 90

    A fruity and juicy red with dried strawberry and lemon rind character that follows through to a medium body, with fine tannins. Fresh finish. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Fresh, bright, ripe black cherry, raspberry and light floral scents lead off in this supple, fleshy, full-bodied red, which is complex and layered on the palate, maintaining its core fruitiness and gaining subtle touches of dark berry and spice. 4,320 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The 2009 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a gorgeous wine bursting with expressive aromatics and juicy, exuberant fruit. This is a beautiful entry-level wine that makes a great introduction to the wines of Kosta Browne. Sweet floral and spice notes add complexity on the juicy, racy finish. This is a terrific showing. The Russian River bottling was vinified with 8-9% whole clusters. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Vivid ruby. Vibrant nose suggests candied cherry, rose petal and smoky minerals. A pliant, sweet fruit bomb in the mouth, with fresh flavors of red fruit preserves and flowers. A refreshingly bitter herbal note adds complexity to the persistent, penetrating finish. This is already delicious.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Bud2123
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2011-2017
    Author: Lawrence
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2011-2017
    Author: CBS Wine
  • Anonymous | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2011-2018
    Author: CCrea
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2013-2018
    Author: cglass80
  • Self | Rating:

    Aromatics: Layers of rich, warm spices co-mingle with the red and dark fresh fruit components of red raspberry, crushed ripe cherries and a hint of fresh blackberry. On the palate: This Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is pure, balanced, lush and focused. Bright, yet rich cherries are on the forefront with fresh ripe raspberries, pomegranate and a hint of strawberry developing throughout the palate, which rest generously on the top of the tongue. The lingering finish wraps around your tongue and palate with focus and freshness.
    Author: SamT
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Fresh, bright, ripe black cherry, raspberry and light floral scents lead off in this supple, fleshy, full-bodied red, which is complex and layered on the palate, maintaining its core fruitiness and gaining subtle touches of dark berry and spice. Drink now through 2018.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2018
    Author: Pato
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Still very young even with 1 hour decanting
    Author: warnblinker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Still young.
    Drink Dates: 2012
    Author: Matt Meyer
  • Self | Rating:

    WS rating 91.
    Author: Keith
Kosta-Browne started its supersonic trek to celebrity status in 1997, when pals Dan Kosta and Michael Browne pooled their restaurant tips and purchased a half ton of Pinot Noir, a manual crusher-de-stemmer and a used barrel. Adding the business and investment-savy Chris Costello gave Kosta Browne the requisite resources to expand into the Pinot force they are today. Fruit is sourced from top-notch vineyards in the Russian River, Sonoma Coast, and Santa Lucia Highlands. Their philosophy is to make Pinots that express intense flavor and the "sweet spot" of their respective vineyards. In addition to their vineyard-designate wines, Kosta Browne also produces two blends: one from the Sonoma Coast and the other from Russian River.

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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1207 bottles owned
  • 296 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 296 collectors)