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2011 Kosta Browne - Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / MONTEREY
  • 91 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 215577-2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    Refined and elegant, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard (100% destemmed) offers up a perfumed, lifted array of sweet dark cherries, orange peel, sappy underbrush and rose petal to go with a pure, lively and decidedly energetic profile on the palate. Tightly wound, laser-focused and downright juicy, it's a brilliant Pinot Noir that will have upwards of a decade of longevity. Drink 2015-2021.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2021
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    One of the softest wines in the range, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard also shows the limitations of the vintage in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The 2011 is a pretty wine, but it is a bit lacking in the mid-palate and needs to be enjoyed sooner rather than later. - Antonio Galloni
    Drink Dates: 2014-2017
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Tight, dense and structured, with vibrant, snappy wild berry, fresh earth, cedar and anise. Pure and focused, ending with delicacy and refinement.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2022
    Author: James Laube
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  • 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

    • 143 bottles owned
    • 41 collectors