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2011 Kosta Browne - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
abv 14.6%
  • 87 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 18 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 77892-2011-750-3D
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Dan Kosta makes 11 different Pinots! This one has just 5% whole cluster. 16 months in French oak (c 60% new). Light cherry aroma. On the palate, dry, savoury and intense with great freshness. No unwanted sweetness, very burgundian in a richer mode. Deft and firm, some oak flavour and power showing on the long savoury finish. (JH)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Rating: 87

    The ripe plum and cherry flavors ease back and turn simple, but this remains complete, with touches of gravel and cedar on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 4,525 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Rating: 90

    The 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River) is a classic, juicy Russian River Pinot with gorgeous depth, striking aromatics and lovely overall balance. Sweet red berries, plums and spices jump from the glass in a racy, beautifully perfumed Pinot that captures the essence of the Kosta Browne house style. Vineyard sites include Castaldi, El Diablo, Giusti, Graham, Kanzler and others. - Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: BoxsterVino
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: EJS
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drank against a Silver Oak Alexander 2011, KB 2009 RR Valley. This one wasn't the strongest of the lot but held it's own. Still young and needs more storage. Bright red fruits, some oak but nice vanilla and creme. Mild finish.
    Author: rdalehite
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Lovely - last bottle. Developed over 3 hours. Lots of floral notes - better with food, but really excellent.
    Author: Jim Rife
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Not as sweet as the Sonoma Coast. More in the way of Burgundy.
    Author: Mike N296
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1170 bottles owned
  • 252 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 252 collectors)