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2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

abv 14.4%
  • 92 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 110635-2010-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 2010 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is striking in its beauty. Freshly cut flowers, mint, dark cherries, cloves and violets seem to jump from the glass. A crystalline, pure Pinot, the 2010 is loaded with energy and brightness. Though medium in body, the 2010 is all about vibrancy and nuance. This is a terrific entry-level Pinot from Kosta-Browne. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2017
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Displays a firm, generous mix of dried berry, mineral, cedar and sage, with touches of wilted rose, raspberry and cranberry, ending with fine, detailed tannins.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2022
    Author: James Laube
  • Burghound | Rating: 87

    This is compositionally similar to the '10 SLH cuvee but here the cherry cola character is more pronounced. This is fleshy to the point of opulence with a satiny mouth feel to the medium weight flavors that also possess good dry extract levels that impart a velvety texture to the moderately tangy and warm finish that is enough to compromise the balance slightly.
    Drink Dates: 2014+
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, perfumed bouquet displays dark berries, cola, smoky herbs and rose oil. Fleshy, expansive blackberry and bitter cherry flavors deliver a suave blend of richness and energy, picking up a hint of anise with air. Finishes juicy and penetrating, with an array of musky spice qualities and slow-building tannins. This wine deserves some patience.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Self | Rating: 3

    Author: craigechols
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Southbound Union
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    Author: SamT
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    Author: CBS Wine
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    Author: BoxsterVino
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    Author: warnblinker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2013-2019
    Author: Lawrence
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    Drink Dates: 2014-2019
    Author: cglass80
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    Drink Dates: 2015-2019
    Author: Pali Wine Guy
  • Self | Rating: 92

    More full bodied than typical Pinot. Tastes like classic KB. Slightly tipped toward acidity.
    Author: Mike N296
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Solid Pinot noir from Komata Browne. Took about 1.5 hours to open up. Bright red cherries with some earth notes. Medium finish
    Author: rdalehite
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Very nice pinot, with lots of upfront chocolate-covered cherries, as well as spicebox. 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.

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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

  • 1426 bottles owned
  • 289 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 289 collectors)