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2004 Kosta Browne - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - USA - California - Sonoma - Russian River Valley - Red

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USA - California - Sonoma - Russian River Valley

Red Pinot Noir
Producer Notes

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... More »

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VF: 2011-2016

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 126
Author Michael C
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 02/16/2013

Very forward and fruity aroma with an almost overwhelming nose. Good well-structured body with balanced rich fruity flavor. It tastes great, but somehow wasn't the typical pinot noir I was expecting. Lower acidity, richer flavor combined with fuller body make this reminiscent of a cab profile to me. I feel it is overrated on WS.

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Author Billy the Kid
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.01%
Tasted On 09/25/2011
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Author David B93
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.909%
Tasted On 04/19/2010
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Author RyanL
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95%
Tasted On 04/12/2009
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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.81%
Tasted On 11/28/2008

Very New World style, big fruit, less complexity; not my favorite, but it's personal taste; I find it too simplistic

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 96.952%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

Interestingly enough, this didn'tevoke anywhere near the amount of debate as the Kistler did! Another wine I've made multiple passes at (this is probably the 4th time I've indulged on this particular bottling) and I believe it belies traditional note taking. Some of the comparatives I offered up during the evening are probably inappropriate for the board, so I will bring some Cliff Notes to the table. If pinot were a stereo receiver, Kosta Browne cranks up the volume to 15 on the 10 segment dial. What I find so fascinating about this comparison is that the volume, although blaringly loud, is completely transparent! Although it is heady and overtly lush (not to mention delicious), it maintains a sense of not only balance, but varietal character. The 200 pounds of pure, opulent fruit that Michael and Dan pack into the 150 pound Pinot frame somehow make sense, and I can'tarticulate why! The most impressive appellation level Pinot I've tasted from California.

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