2012 Kosta Browne - Chardonnay One Sixteen 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Pale gold. High-pitched aromas of Meyer lemon, pear skin and smoky minerals, with a hint of clove in the background. Tight, mineral-driven orchard fruit flavors put on weight with air and pick up a sexy floral quality and a touch of dried fig. Finishes tight and long, with an emphatic mineral kick.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Tight and concentrated, with a trim mix of subtle pear, honeysuckle, green fig and apple flavors. Aromas of fresh citrus and honeydew gain through the long and persistent finish.

Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/22/2014
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential

Rating: 91
Author: Randy
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/05/2014

Rating: 89
Author: Jim Rife
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/09/2014

Average rating: 92, based on 5 reviews
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254 bottles owned by 70 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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