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2010 Kosta Browne - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
abv 14.6%
  • 90 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 77892-2010
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 2010 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is juicier, richer and rounder than the Sonoma Coast bottling tasted alongside it. Here it's the immediacy of the fruit that speaks loudest. Cinnamon, cherries, plums and mint are some of the notes that flesh out on a juicy, exuberant finish that captures the essence of Russian River Pinot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Bright ruby. Pungent, highly aromatic red berry and cherry aromas show an array of floral, Asian spice and herb nuances. Ripe but energetic black raspberry, cherry-cola flavors show a subtle smoky earthiness and gain sweetness with air. Finishes sappy and long, with a strong whiplash of bitter cherry.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Rich and expressive, with bold layers of ripe blueberry, plum and wild berry flavors that show touches of spice and espresso. At points open-knit, yet tightening on the finish.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: BoxsterVino
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Bud2123
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    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Southbound Union
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    Author: warnblinker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Randy
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: rdalehite
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2014-2017
    Author: cglass80
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    Drink Dates: 2014-2019
    Author: Alvarado67
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Drink Dates: 2016-2030
    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drank concurrent with Clos Apalta for Thanksgiving dinner. Not as good as remembered. Sweet but sort of flat and flabby. Not sure if concurrence with Clos Apalta was the issue.
    Author: Jim Rife
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Very plush and ripe, with mocha-infused cherries, sweet spices, and red fruits. Very good!
    Author: Maxcontinuous
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.

See other similar producers:Siduri,Williams Selyem Winery,Zepaltas Wines

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

  • 1313 bottles owned
  • 288 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 288 collectors)