2005 Kosta Browne - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

This has gained in bottle, becoming notably graceful, elegant and supple. Rich, complex red berry and spice flavors are joined by a cola-sassafras edge.

Drink Dates: 2011-2016
Author: James Laube


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Vinfolio | Rating: 92

Bright cherry and violet hints in the nose with a touch of herb leading into the plum and dark berry flavors.

Drink Dates: 2007-2015
Author: Vinfolio Team


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

($45) Medium red. Jammy raspberry and cola aromas complicated by mocha, red licorice and an exotic hint of peach pit. Sweet and velvety in the mouth, with creamy raspberry and plum preserve flavors and good heft. The weighty, round finish features a clingy red fruit preserve quality. I'd opt for drinking this on the young side.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: AJFox
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/02/2013
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Color is tending toward brick red; nose is has some high tone red fruit as well as sandalwood and slight, very pleasant earth; palette has similar notes with sweetness added to the fruit on the front, middle adds cola and a mid-range finish with bourbon-barrel oak. Excellent if not completely full of stuffing.

Rating: 93
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/18/2013

Rating: 92
Author: Juan K
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/13/2011

Rating: 92
Author: Trina
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/02/2011

Rating: 89
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/18/2012
These wines are too big for my taste, though its age has calmed the fruit some. Certainly not as interesting as the KB's single vineyard pinots.

Average rating: 91, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1966 bottles owned by 858 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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