2010 Kosta Browne - Chardonnay One Sixteen 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Light gold. Exuberant pear, lemon and jasmine on the nose, with anise, iodine and wet stone qualities adding complexity. Ginger- and mineral-accented orchard fruit flavors show very good depth and clarity, picking up weight on the back half. Finishes with impressive energy and persistence, leaving a bright floral note behind. This nervy wine has a pH of 3.3, according to Michael Browne.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Showing a pithy orange peel and spicy floral edge to the white peach and mineral notes, this is young and tight, gaining gains depth and intensity. Needs time.

Drink Dates: 2013-2019
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

The 2010 Chardonnay One Sixteen is a new wine from Kosta Browne, here in its second vintage. Made in a distinctly Burgundian style, the wine reveals an expressive bouquet along with hints of lemon, white flowers, spices and French oak. There is a slight element of disjointedness, but Kosta Browne is onto something with this wine, and it is only a matter of time before the elements come together with even greater harmony.

Drink Dates: 2012-2015
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 199

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: G Wood
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/26/2012

Average rating: 90, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

68 bottles owned by 21 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: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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