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Kosta Browne Winery

Owner(s) Vincraft
Web site www.kostabrowne.com
 
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Kosta Browne Winery

Michael Browne and Dan Kosta are alumni of a noted Sonoma County restaurant, John Ash and Co. Michael followed a circuitous route to get there. He was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, but grew up in Washington State. Upon returning to Santa Rosa in 1987, he enrolled in pre-requisite courses at Santa Rosa Junior College to become an architect. During schooling, he worked in wine retail and at a number of restaurants. It was at John Ash and Co that Michael developed a deep love for wine and food and the agricultural pursuit of winegrowing. His ultimate goal became to make a living as a winemaker.

Dan Kosta was a native of Sonoma who grew up around wine. Dan’s father owned a wine store in Santa Rosa and wine was a frequent topic of discussion at the household dinner table. After joining the staff at John Ash & Co, Dan worked his way up to Head Sommelier. He too, had a desire to be involved in a winery, and in 1997, he teamed with Michael to make the first Kosta Browne wine. They put all of their tip money into a “co-op” cookie jar placed in the restaurant’s kitchen. After raising $2,600, they bought a half ton of Pinot Noir grapes, a single barrel, and a used, hand-cranked de-stemmer and crusher to produce their first vintage.

That same year, Michael left John Ash & Co and became assistant winemaker at Deerfield Ranch Winery in the Sonoma Valley. Dan and Michael attracted an initial investment group and in 1999 made 2,600 cases of Lake County Sauvignon Blanc. This venture proved financially unrewarding and the principals parted ways. In 2001, they teamed with Chris Costello and family who provided a fiscally conservative and thoughtful business plan and success followed shortly thereafter. Michael likes to say he learned his winemaking at “ Hard Knocks University.” It didn’t take him long to achieve a measure of recognition. The 2003 vintage was highly regarded by wine writer James Laube of the Wine Spectator. He awarded all of the 2003 Kosta Browne Pinot Noirs scores ranging from 90 to 96. The mailing list quickly filled up and Kosta Browne was on every pinotphile’s radar. Kosta Browne quickly became a member of the current band of prestigious Russian River Valley wine producers, many of whom had been crafting notable Pinot Noir since the 1980s.

Kosta Browne bounced around, sharing space in several wineries for awhile. They eventually found a spacious home in the old Vacu-Dry apple processing plant in Sebastopol. Here they have been able to further refine their craft and follow their commitment to producing better and better wines. In 2009, the winery sold majority control to Vincraft, for, depending on the report, $36 to $40 million. Vincraft is an investment group headed by former Beringer executives Walt Klenz and Pete Scott along with Bill Price, the Chairman of Vincraft which also owns Gary Farrell. Dan Kosta, Chris Costello and Michael Browne continue as minority partners (they own just shy of half) and remain at the winery in their current sales and marketing, management and winemaker roles. Total annual production is expected to remain at 15,000 - 17,000 cases, which is comfortable for them.

Look for Michael and/or Dan at any of the major Pinot Noir festivals, but get to their booth early as their wines are quickly sucked up by the crowd that bellies up to their offerings. Kosta Browne wines are sold exclusively through a mailing list - sign up on the website. A waiting list is sorted chronologically by the person's date of registration and as space becomes available, introductory allocations are offered.

A new winery was opened in 2013 at The Barlow in Sebastopol, occupying three buildings that are customized to suit the winery's needs. The winery is not open to the public.

The Pinot Noirs are highly flavorful and intensely fruity wines. Grapes are sourced from numerous premium vineyards. The lineup includes Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands appellation bottlings, and single vineyard wines from Keefer Ranch, Amber Ridge, Koplen Vineyard, Kanzler Vineyard, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Garys' Vineyard, Pisoni Vineyard, and Rosella's Vineyard. The prize of the lineup is 4-Barrel Pinot Noir, 100 cases carefully chosen and blended by Michael Browne to produce the best wine the winery can offer. One Sixteen, a Russian River Valley Chardonnay, was introduced with the 2009 vintage with a future target of 1,800 cases annually.

Reviewed Wines

2011 Kosta Browne One Sixteen Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.5% alc., pH 3.32, TA 0.62, 2,191 cases, $58. Sourced from six vineyards reflecting the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley appellation. Multiple clones. Named for Highway 116 (Gravenstein Highway) that cuts through the town of Sebastopol. Barrel and partially concrete egg fermented 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderate golden straw color and clear in the glass. Lovely aromas of honey, lemon curd, golden apple and butter brickle. Very beguiling on the palate with flavors of baked pear, apple, citrus, honey and caramel. Beautifully composed with bright acidity and good staying power on the finish. The best yet from Kosta Browne and a wine that competes with the top performers in the Russian River Valley. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.57, 4,525 cases, $58. A blend from eleven vineyard sites. Aged 16 months in 48% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Aromas of Bing cherry, fruit leather, spice and oak vanillin have staying power in the glass. Full-bodied and rather intensely flavored with tastes of sweet cherry and cola. Soft and velvety in the mouth with reserved tannins. Good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.64, 1,693 cases, $58. Sourced from a blend of five vineyards, Garys’, Pisoni, Rosella’s, Sierra Mar and Soberanes. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Shy berry fruit aromas with notes of mushroom, toasty oak and root beer. Mid to full weight dark berry and plum core with an earthy underpinning. Directly fruity rather than complex. Firm tannins keep the fruit in line and the mouth feel is very soft. A bit of heat shows up on the finish. Decent. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.58, 5,004 cases, $58. Sourced from Gap’s Crown, Terra de Promissio and Walala vineyards. Aged 16 months in 49% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Earth-bound aromas of forest floor and wild forest berries with a hint of oak. Middleweight flavors are striking in character, featuring strawberries, raspberries and a hint of mocha. Reserved tannins with good acid tension, finishing with a flourish of fresh berry flavor on the finish. I like the restraint and modesty in this wine. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne 4 Barrel California Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.62, 98 cases, $78. Kosta Browne’s smallest lot but requires the most attention to detail. The four barrels are identified from 70 different lots, whittled down to the final four. There are no appellation or vineyard restrictions. 25% Gap’s Crown 667, 25% Koplen 667, 25% Keefer Ranch Pommard 5 and 25% Garys’ Pisoni. Average yield 2.1 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Patience is needed with this wine and decanting is recommended if you open now as it is the least approachable wine in the 2011 lineup. Slowly evolving nose, offering aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, and plenty of extroverted spice, reaching a crescendo after 30 minutes in the glass. Like all the 2011 Pinots from Kosta Browne, this wine is very soft in the mouth. Still a bit monotone and closed, the potential is obvious. Layered flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, blackberry and cassis with a dusting of oak and spice. Seamless, with excellent balance and length. This will be one helluva wine in a couple of years. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.59, 1,678 cases, $78. Vineyard located in the Petaluma Gap and Kosta Browne has a long-term lease of 37 planted acres. The backbone of the Sonoma Coast appellation bottling. Yields 2.8-3.5 tons per acre. Clones 114, 115, 667, “828,” and Swan. 5% whole cluster. Aged 16 months in 52% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddishpurple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with hi-tone aromas of red cherries and berries with complimentary spice and oak. Mid weight flavors of red and black raspberries and cherries with balanced dry tannins and a real burst of fruit-driven goodness on the finish. A sophisticated offering with a highly seductive, velvety mouth feel. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.60, 368 cases, $78. A partnership between Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni planted in 1997. 100% Pisoni clone. Average yield 2.7 tons per acre. 8% whole cluster. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Whereas Rosella’s is decidedly feminine, Garys’ is more macho. Aromatic overload with deep scents of spiced black cherry and plum fruit with a hint of leather and conifer. Delicious, mouthfilling richness, with a bright core of black cherry fruit and a dusting of oak. Very smooth and seamless with tannins so fine as to be imperceptible. A delight to drink because nothing stands out except the luscious fruit. The wine finishes on a high note with remarkable intensity. Oh yah! Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.59, 211 cases, $78. Vineyard is located in the Sebastopol Hills, an area featuring morning and evening fog, breezy afternoons, and bright, mild afternoon sun. Cooler temperatures lead to a longer hang time and this vineyard is usually the last to be harvested. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard. Yields 2.1 tons per acre. 100% destemmed. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Tighten your seat belt when you open this one. Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. With a nose you could drink, and a core of liquid magic that you can drink, this is one great wine. Aromas of dark red berries sprinkled with vanilla cream lead to sumptuous flavors of black cherries, blue and dark red berries, spice and dark chocolate. Power without weight, juicy without being cloying, this beautifully balanced wine is soft in the mouth and finishes with length and opulence. The pick of the litter. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.59, 900 cases, $78. From a 30-acre vineyard in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley appellation. Farmed by Marcy Keefer and her son Craig Stehlow. Yields 2.4 tons per acre. Clones 115, Pommard, Wädenswil, Mariafeld, 777, 114 and Pommard. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. This vineyard always delivers and this vintage is no different. Deep aromas of fresh red cherries and raspberries with a hint of sandalwood. Flavors of wild cherries sprinkled with spice caressed by reserved fine-grain tannins. Vivid and juicy with an assertive and refreshing finish. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.60, 658 cases, $78. Vineyard is located in Middle Reach and is planted to Dijon clone 667. Farmed meticulously by Dennis and Lynn Koplen. Kosta Browne is the only producer to ever have access to fruit from this property. Yields 3.0 tons per acre. 12% whole cluster. Aged 16 months in 56% new French oak barrels. · Dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Always a very distinctive wine that is a hedonist’s delight. The aromas of dark berries and cassis with a hint of spice and oak draw you to the glass. The wine attacks the mid palate with a vengeance, seducing you with a blast of voluptuous blackberry and cassis fruit, carrying over to the powerful aromatic finish. Plenty of charm in this vintage. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.60, 125 cases, $78. Pisoni Vineyard is 45 acres perched at 1,300 feet overlooking the Salinas Valley to the East. Average yield 2.5 tons per acre. 100% Pisoni clone. 100% destemmed. Aged 16 months in 60% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose on this wine is stunning and the most fragrant in the 2011 lineup. Fresh, bright, penetrating aromas of cherry tart, raspberry coulis, sandalwood and oak vanillin. Very soft, very flavorful, and very sexy with a plethora of dark red and black cherry and berry fruits in a mid to full-bodied style with a subtle sheen of oak in the background. The tannins are very reserved, allowing the extroverted fruit to shine. This is the most elegant and approachable Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir I have ever drank. If Rosella’s is feminine and Garys‘ is masculine, this wine is metrosexual. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kosta Browne Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.63, 422 cases, $78. From a 50-acre vineyard planted by Gary Franscioni and named for his wife near Garys’ Vineyard. Clones are Pisoni (50%), Pommard 4 (25%) and “828” (25%). Yields 2.1-5.4 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 16 months in 45% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The most feminine wine in the lineup, this beauty is silky soft like fine lingerie, offering the sweet Pinot perfume of dark red cherries, berries and baking spice. Modest in weight, but flavorful, with a core of perfectly ripened dark red cherries backed by a whisper of oak spice and toast. A Halle Berry of a wine. Very good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne One Sixteen Russian River Valley Chardonnay

512 cases, $58. · Light straw color in the glass. Aromas of apple and lemon with a hint of diacetyl. Flavorful, crisp and dry, featuring notes of pear, golden apple and crusty bread, finishing with subtle tannins and moderate fruit intensity. Not imposing and overtly fruity as many Russian River Valley Chardonnays, offering a pleasing but not extraordinary drinking experience. Good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 4,742 cases, $58. · Moderately deep rose color in the glass. Richly perfumed with notes of black cherry bombast, cola and spice. Generously flavored, with intense dark cherries, cola and the slightest oak. Despite its heft, the wine drinks easily and smoothly in part due to supple tannins and balance. Very Russian River Valley in character flaunting the plush cherry fruit the region is known for. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 768 cases, $58. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Uplifting aromas of dark red raspberries and cassis. Impressive mid palate attack of dark red and black raspberry flavors with complimentary oak in the background. Relatively light in weight for a Kosta Browne wine, but picks up flavor intensity over time in the glass, and taking on an appealing heft the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A refreshing riff of acidity on the finish makes for easy drinking. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 4,940 cases, $58. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Very complex aromatic profile with scents dancing in and out over time in the glass including black cherries, black raspberries, nutmeg, clove and cedar. Mouthfilling essence of dark red cherries, berries and plums with a hint of oak spice. Mouthwatering acidity, mild, soft tannins, and appreciable length on the cherry-laden finish. Very good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 272 cases, $72. · Moderately deep red rose color in the glass. Intensely fruity on the nose and palate, featuring dark red cherries and raspberries, finishing strong with a spry tang. Appealing finesse with a pillowy soft mouth feel. Still great the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne 4-Barrel California Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 351 cases, $78. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure, pretty aromas of exotic berries with a complimentary hint of vanilla and spice. Exceptional fruit flavor and the most polished wine in the KB lineup. An ephemeral blend of black raspberry and boysenberry flavors with an underpinning of nutmeg spice. Great purity of fruit. Supple tannins, a beguiling satiny texture and endless length on the finish. Not the biggest wine, but a complete and sophisticated wine. Even better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. An All-American. Consider yourself very lucky if you are able to snag a bottle or two of this gem. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 1,615 cases, $78. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is spectacular. Aromas of candied cherries, black raspberries, tea leaf, and Chinese 5-spice. Full-bodied, but light on its feet with luscious flavors of dark berries and black currants caressed by supple tannins and underlain with good acidity. The flavors search out every nook and cranny in the mouth. Very spicy. Still great the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle predicting age ability. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 404 cases, $78. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of brambly dark red and black berries, forest floor and spice. Appealing dark berry and spiced plum flavors robed in supple tannins, finishing with very impressive staying power and a little warmth. Not as expressive as it will be and needs more time in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 458 cases, $78. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure aromas of perfectly ripe cherries and berries with hints of malt and granite. Still young and a bit muddled at this early stage, but plenty of dark plum and blackberry fruit singing. Very appealing soft fruit intensity. The most striking feature is the length of the finish, like a three hour movie you don’t want to end. Much better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Hold onto this one or decant if you must saddle up soon. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 1,177 cases, $78. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Characteristic Keefer nose of cherries, strawberries, bark and spice. Delicious earth-kissed dark red cherry and berry flavors with a hint of minerality, oak and tutti-fruiti. Restrained tannins, bright acidity, and a very long finish that offers an encore of bright fruit. Very good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 780 cases, $78. · Medium deep purple color in the glass. Bright and alive in the glass with aromas of earthy dark raspberries, sassafras and spice. Intense, but not too intense flavors of dark red and black berries with an attractive sauvage character. Well-balanced tannins, very soft in the mouth, finishing with echoes of gorgeous fruit. Plenty of fireworks in the mouth. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kosta Browne Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 154 cases, $78. · Moderately dark purple hue in the glass. Shy aromas of black cherries, blackberries, Asian spice and sweet pipe smoke. Rich flavors of spiced dark stone fruits and berries supported by firm fruit tannins, finishing with the long scent of sous-bois and ripe berries, and a touch of heat. The most heft of the three Santa Lucia Highlands bottlings, typical of this vineyard. Nicely outfitted with prominent spice the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 4,320 cases, $52. · Darkly colored in the glass. Highly perfumed with aromas of Bing cherries, cola and spice. Flush with cherry pie filling flavor complimented by spicy oak and rounded out with supporting ripe tannins. Finishes with impressive persistence. A fine representation of the Russian River Valley AVA. Uncomplicated but irresistible. Very Good. Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 5,818 cases, $52. Sourced from three vineyards: Gap's Crown, Terra de Promissio, and Walala. The wine was aged about 12 months in oak before release in early 2011. Wine Spectator #1 Wine of Year for 2011. · Moderately dark reddish-color in the glass. Charming and fruity on the nose which is redolent with aromas of black cherries and black raspberries with an accent of spice cabinet. Fades a bit in the glass over time. Delicious and lush core of black plum and blackberry fruit with a subtle savory herb note in the background. Richly endowed but nicely balanced by ripe tannins and lively acidity, and offering an attractive creamy mouth feel. The generous finish has very good length. Still good the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very Good. Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne 4-Barrel California Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 91 cases, $72. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Slow to emerge in the glass but the sophistication is evident. Aromas of berry jam on toast with a pleasing hint of spice and oak. Intense core of big cherries and ripe plums that coat every nook and cranny in the mouth. Polished and round with a soft finish that won’t let go. This wine is relatively closed now but the potential is obvious. Better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. The lucky few who get this wine are in store for a treat. Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 423 cases, $72. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Enticing and long aromas of black cherries with hints of warm brioche. Delicious and lush on the palate with expressive flavors of big, ripe cherries and the freshest raspberries, growing more vivid in the mouth over time. Complimentary notes of baking spice add interest. Very polished in the mouth with peach-skin tannins and a texture that is soft as the hair on an angel. Pin point balance, regal presence, and just plain great. Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 148 cases, $72. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Nicely perfumed with scents of dark cherries and raspberries, spice and rose petals. Moderately intense flavors of plum sauce and black raspberries with an earthy underpinning, finishing with some oak and pomegranate highlights. Mild, supple tannins, bright acidity and some persistence on the finish. A solid wine, but just doesn’t deliver the flavor interest for me. Good (+). Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 439 cases, $72. · Dark and dense reddish-purple color in the glass. Reserved but pleasing aromas of black stone fruits with complimentary oak spice and anise. Rich, full, sweet and beautifully composed black plum and blackberry flavors that offer real density and a mouth coating finish of unbelievable persistence. Fruit-driven and primary now, but the gorgeous fruit is impossible to ignore. Similar to the Pisoni in flavor profile but more giving now. I have never tasted anything so sensual from this vineyard. Wowzaa! Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 575 cases, $72. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Very interesting nose offering scents of fresh berries, underbrush, forest floor, spice, rose petal and brioche. Bright and charming with a tasty essence of Rainer cherry and dark red raspberry with a hint of exotic spice. Every sip reveals another nuance. Medium weighted with soft tannins and bright acidity. An elegant bent for Kanzler in this vintage that is stunning. Built for the long haul. Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 816 cases, $72. · Reddish-purple hue in the glass. Lovely scent of just picked red cherries and red berries, baking spices and sandalwood. Bright and juicy flavors of spiced red cherries with a savory herbal note on the finish. The most demure of the 2009 wines with plenty of charm and elegance and a refreshing riff of acidity running through. Offers a clear sense of cool Green Valley terroir. Very Good (+). Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 678 cases, $72. · Deep, dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Scents of black cherries and berries with hints of oak, cedar and spice. Intense mid palate explosion of blackberry, ollaliberry, and black cherry. Herbal accents keep the wine savory. A palate staining, lush wine that is well framed by ripe tannins and bright acidity, finishing with a Hollywood ending (dramatic and memorable). Off the charts fruit intensity! Very Good. Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 142 cases, $72. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Subdued aromas of dark red and black fruits with a hint of seasoned oak. Discreetly concentrated array of dark red fruits which are monolithic at present but suggest an intensity waiting to get out. Smoothly textured with firm but supple tannins for aging. Hard to judge this wine at this stage as it has a long way to go to reveal itself, but I predict greatness over time. Patience advised. Very Good. Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Kosta Browne Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 272 cases, $72. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Perfumed with aromas of spice dark red fruits, wilted roses, hard red candy and redwood. Discreetly concentrated flavors of red cherries, pomegranates, brown spice and graham. Soft in the mouth and lighter weighted than the other Santa Lucia Highlands offerings. A bit exotic and unusual in its flavor profile and quite different from the 08 version. Good (+). Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne 4-Barrel Pinot Noir

14.9% alc.. This wine changes every year. In 2008 it consists of one barrel of Koplen 667, one barrel of Amber Ridge 667, one barrel of Garys’, and one barrel of Kanzler 666 whole cluster. · A stunning wine showing aromas of black raspberries, dark strawberries and mocha. Flat-out delicious with a velvety mouth feel that is very sensual. Still a Lolita, but give this a couple years in the cellar and you will have a drinking experience you can tell your grandchildren about. Very good (+). Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc.. · This wine is showing plenty of oak at present and will need time. Darker Pinot fruits are featured with savory and earthy underpinnings. Good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc.. Dijon clones and Swan selection. · Big and luscious, with prodigious purple fruits wrapped in fine-grain tannins. Still has tannins to shed, but will offer a decadent drinking experience. Good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.9% alc.. · Always an impressive wine from KB. Perfume of spice plums and violets lead to a concentrated attack of black cherries and boysenberries accented with flavors of baking spices and sandalwood. A very charming wine that I find irresistible. Very good (+). Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc.. · Strikingly floral on the nose showing scents of lavender and violets. Bright and juicy red and black fruits, nicely spiced, with nuanced flavors of cola, tea and earth. A charmer whose soft tannins make it hard to resist now. Very good (+). Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc.. · Redder fruit profile with a melange of spices. A pretty wine with soft tannins and a smooth finish. Very approachable now. Always the most feminine wine in the KB lineup. Very good (+). Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc.. Clone 667. 25% whole cluster. · A very attractive wine with pretty scents of black raspberries, spice box and roses. Rich and big-boned, yet very smooth on the palate. Very good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.8% alc.. · Mouth coating black fruits with an oaky and meaty edge. Potently fruity, but not over the top. Will need time to integrate the oak and tannins. Very good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc.. · Striking expression of fresh red and black berry fruit. The tannins are reigned in, the texture is silky, and the fruity finish is expansive. Very good (+) and the most exceptional offering I have had from this vineyard by KB. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc.,pH 3.67, $52. Sourced from seven vineyards. 5 day cold soak, aged 16 months in 44% new French oak. · Appealing scent of crushed berries, spice box and cut flowers. A juicy wine sporting flavors of dark cherries and berries, cola and savory herbs caressed by soft tannins and offering a creamy texture. Very good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.67, $52. Castaldi, Thorn Ridge Ranch, Graham, Pleasant Hill, Copain, Nonella, Amber Ridge, Keefer and Koplen vineyards. · A touch of confection in this wine with its aromas and flavors of black cherries, black raspberries, and a hint of smoky oak. Seductive when first opened, but loses some allure over time in the glass. A moderately rich appellation wine that won’t send pinotphiles into a tither, but very serviceable. Good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.66, $52. From Gap’s Crown, Terra de Promissio and Walala vineyards. Aged 16 months in 44% new French oak. · Lovely aromas of dark stone fruits and dark chocolate which carry over in the flavor profile. Well-structured with notable tannin, this wine should soften and integrate beautifully over time. Very good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.66, $52. Sourced from Gap’s Crown (southern Sonoma Coast in Petaluma Gap), Terra de Promissio (southern Sonoma Coast in Petaluma Gap) and Walala (Annapolis) vineyards. · The nose is brooding initially, opening slowly to reveal darker fruit aromas that are savory and underlain with a slight ash smell. The core of ripe dark berry and plum fruits struggle to emerge from a smoky overlay. Decent. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne 4-Barrel California Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.59, 96 cases, $72. Four barrels are identified from 70 different lots and the final four barrel blend is chosen independent of vineyard or appellation, thus the California designation. Amber Ridge Vineyard (667), Garys’ Vineyard (Pisoni), Kanzler Vineyard (667, whole cluster), and Koplen Vineyard (667, wood tank fermented). · Brooding, opening reluctantly to reveal a high-spirited array of dark red berries and cherries that push the ripeness envelope and find every nook and cranny in the mouth. Still very tight with plenty of tannin but offering textural and flavor interest from the significant whole cluster addition. Notes of cola and root beer emerge over time. Sampled two days later from a previously opened and recorked bottle, the wine was starting to display a vibrant display of fruit that literally leaped out of the glass. Don’t think about opening this connoisseur’s wine for two years. Very good (+). Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.56, $72. Located in Windsor, this vineyard is planted in Goldridge and sandy clay loam soils. Clones 667, 115 and 777. · Subdued, but pleasant scent of redder cherries and berries. Soft and elegant on the palate with mild tannins and a modest charge of strawberry and cherry flavor on the finish. Lacks the pop of flavor of the other KB wines in this vintage, seemingly shallow in comparison, and deficient in finishing intensity. Good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.53, $72. Inaugural single vineyard bottling for this source owned and managed by Premier Pacific Vineyards. Previously the backbone of Kosta Browne’s Sonoma Coast bottling. Clones 115, 667, 777 and Swan. · The nose opens beautifully over time revealing intense black cherry aromas with a spice cabinet background. Lovely essence of moderately intense flavors of black cherries on the palate framed by soft tannins and lifted by decent acidity. Very soft and smooth in the mouth with finishing tenacity. A fruit-driven wine that is quite tasty. Very good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.57, 422 cases, $72. Exclusively Pisoni selection, 3.1 tons per acre. 18% whole cluster. · The nose explodes with a vengeance initially showing flashy dark berry and stone fruits with subtle scents of pine and mint. Tasty core of black cherry and blackberry fruit with impressive flavor intensity and persistence. The soft texture makes the wine very user-friendly. Better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.66, $72. Seventh vintage from this vineyard in Sebastopol. Clones 667, 115 and Pommard. · The wine is a little deeper purple color than the other wines from this vintage. Exotic medley of dark fruits on the nose which have a pheromone attraction. Moderately intense boysenberry and dark plum sauce flavors that are fat on the palate, leading to a finish that makes a statement. Despite its powerful fruit and substantial structure, the wine retains a smooth, even velvety, texture. Very good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.63, $72. Keefer Ranch is owned and managed by Marcy Keefer and her son, Craig Strehlow. Clones 23, 114, 115, 777, Pommard 5. Located in the cool Green Valley. · Along with the Rosella’s, the most feminine wine in the Kosta Browne lineup. A bit brooding but opens slowly to reveal pleasing aromas and flavors of dried black cherries, plums and a melange of fresh berries with a hint of minty oak. Discreetly concentrated with restrained tannins and a welcoming soft and smooth texture, this vintage offers a darker fruited interpretation of this vineyard. Very good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.58, $72. All the fruit from the vineyard farmed by Dennis and Lynn Koplen goes to Kosta Browne. Dijon clone 667, 3.1 tons per acre. 18% whole cluster. · Always a wine of great interest that demands your full attention. Profusely perfumed with aromas of boysenberry jam and spice box. Full-blown hedonistic attack of dark berry and plum flavors that grab hold and persist throughout the flamboyant finish. Despite its big-boned character, the wine retains an appealing charm with a silky, almost ephemeral mouth feel. Quintessential KB. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.50, $72. From the 45-acre Pisoni Vineyard perched at 1,300 feet above the Salinas Valley. Pisoni clone, 2.5 tons per acre. · Similar to the Garys’ bottling but more withdrawn, only offering a glimpse of its full potential. Enticing black cherry and mixed berry aromas and flavors with a subtle overlay of spice. Exquisite and pure with a downy mouth feel that will thrill any pinotphile. A more delicate interpretation of this vineyard that needs a few years in the cellar to reach its potential. This could turn out to be a winegasm. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Kosta Browne Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.61, $72. Pisoni selection and 828 clone from a vineyard farmed by Gary Franscioni. 3.0 tons per acre. · Highly perfumed and nuanced nose featuring aromas of fresh red raspberries, cherry cobbler, baking spices and dark red rose petals. Delicious melange of dark red berries and cherries with hints of allspice and vanillin carrying through with impressive finishing intensity. Mild finegrain tannins and balanced acidity create a very charming wine that has a demure appeal. Hard to say no to. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.66, $56. Amber Ridge, Castaldi Vineyard, Copain, Keefer Ranch, Koplen, Nonella and O’Neel vineyards. 46% new French oak for 16 months. · Lightest in weight of the lineup with attractive Bing cherry aromas and flavors and bright acidity. Although the wine lacks conviction and impact, and is a bit pale in comparison to the wines to follow, it is true to the Russian River Valley theme. It is unfair to judge this wine side-by-side against the vineyard designates for they steal your attention. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.69, $56. Dutton Manzana, Gap’s Crown, Kanzler, and Terra de Promissio vineyards. · Very dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Earthy with profuse thick, ripe, dark fruit. Richly flavored and needs food like the short ribs or mushroom risotto to tame its intense and savory nature. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne 4-Barrel Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.55, 91 cases, $72. Four special barrels from 70 different lots of Pinot Noir. Made with no respect to vineyard or appellation but in this vintage three barrels came from the Russian River Valley (Amber Ridge, Keefer Ranch, Koplen) and one from the Sonoma Coast (Kanzler). · This wine rules and was the king of the tasting. Not the most aromatic, but the most satisfying on the palate showing a velvety texture that is pure decadence. Richly flavored darker fruits coat every nook and cranny in the mouth, seemingly expanding in intensity as the attack fades to the huge finish. I loved it with the beef tenderloin. I get the feeling that this wine will evolve beautifully, reaching its apogee in another 2 to 3 years. It is a shame there is so little of this wine so that few will have the experience. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.60, 727 cases, $72. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Owned by Nickel & Nickel Winery and managed by Bacchus Vineyard Management. Located next to Gary Farrell’s Starr Ridge Vineyard. · Lacking aromatic interest but offering rich black cherry flavors and a pleasing soft texture. Couldn’t find a lot to rave about but a solid wine. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.71, 436 cases, $72. Pisoni clone. Third vintage from this vineyard. Cropped at 3.4 tons per acre average. · The queen of the tasting. A charming wine that exudes charisma from the enticing spiced cherry aromatics to the discreetly concentrated core of cherry and berry fruit. Very silky in the mouth with a pleasingly bright and focused quality to the fruit. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 753 cases, $72. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Penetrating and intoxicating aromas of dark stone fruits with a hint of strawberries and spice. The lush mouthful of black cherry and blackberry fruit is mouth coating but not jammy. Smoothly textured with fine-grain tannins and well-integrated alcohol. A fruitdriven wine from a special vineyard that is ready to drink now. POP 92, WS 95. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.60, 803 cases, $72. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard. Cropped at 3 tons per acre. · Intensely fruity showing copious blackberry, black cherry and dark plum fruits with notes of soy sauce and cola. Well-muscled with forceful ripe tannins which are supple creating a soft mouth feel. A bit of alcohol shows up on the finish. Pairs very well with the short ribs. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.55, 615 cases, $72. This 50-acre vineyard (30 acres of Pinot Noir) is in the Green Valley appellation farmed by Marcy Keefer and Craig Strehlow. Planted to nine clones, six of which are in this wine. · Lighter and redder in color in the glass. Marvelous nose of bright Bing cherries, baking spice and cherry cola. The fruit is beautifully framed by supple tannins and lively acidity creating a satisfying finish. A knockout paired with the duck. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 867 cases, $72. · Evolves beautifully in the glass revealing a complex nose of dark berry jam, rose petal, mocha, earth and toasted oak. Fruit-powered with a hint of cola. Firm tannic backbone with a satiny texture. Improves in the glass over time. Drink now. POP 91, WS 96 Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.61, 867 cases, $72. 5-acre vineyard owned and farmed by Dennis and Lynn Koplen located in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley appellation, and planted to clone 667. Kosta Browne is the only beneficiary of fruit from this vineyard. Cropped at 3.5 tons per acre. 30% whole cluster. · Darker in all respects in the fruit and spice aromas and flavors. Interesting accents of black cherry cola and mocha. Firm, but not aggressive tannins. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kosta Browne Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., pH 3.72, 247 cases, $72. Pisoni clone and Dijon 828. Cropped at 3.3 tons per acre average. · The most disappointing of the vineyard-designates showing overripe aromas and flavors with a mildly flabby texture and short finish. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 3,400 cases, $48. · A bit tight, but still delivers a nice aromatic lift of strawberries, plums, and spice. The flavors echo the aromas with added notes of cola and oak vanillin. Finishes clean with lingering aromatic pleasantries. Reviewed July 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 3,400 cases, $48. Primarily sourced from the Petaluma Gap region, especially Gap’s Crown Vineyard. · More structured and brambly with notable layers of black cherry, herbs, and toasty oak. Rich and earthy with reigned-in tannins. Reviewed July 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 724 cases. $68. Dijon clones 115, 667, and 777. Michael calls this vineyard a “canary in a coal mine,” meaning it varies significantly from vintage to vintage and stylistically can be light in some years, heady and rich in others. · Not as big and robust as the 2005 vintage. Earth imbibed black cherry and wild berry fruit with only moderate acidity and tannins. Nicely balanced. Reviewed July 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Kosta Browne California 4 -Barrel Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 101 cases, $68. This is a selection of barrels that work together well and varies with each vintage. The California appellation designation frees Michael to choose from all of his fruit. This wine consists of 1 barrel each of Rosella’s, Kanzler, Gap’s Crown, and Miron vineyards. · When you stick your nose in this one, the hair stands up on the back of your neck. Cherries, strawberries, rhubarb pie, cola, root beer and several things I can’t describe. The palate is rich, round, mature and sweet. Very pleasing and a wine to contemplate. For hedonists only. Reviewed July 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Kosta Browne Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 365 cases, $68. Pisoni clone. · Musky nose. Black cherry, sassafras and cola flavors with an earthy and forest floor underpinning. Reviewed July 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 724 cases, $68. Wines from this vineyard have a mind of their own says Michael. Dijon 115 and 667, and Pommard 10% whole cluster. · This is one of the most complex wines of the lineup. Also one of the heftiest and most tannic. There is a dense and chewy core of black cherry and black berry fruit that needs time to emerge. All kinds of things going on here in concert with the fruit including aromas and flavors of mushrooms, rose petals, underbrush, and wet oak. Give this one a couple of years. Reviewed July 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Green Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 556 cases. $68. Six clones including Pommard 5, Dijon, and Wädenswil. Michael says this wine usually exhibits plenty of acidity due to its very cool location. Refer to feature on Keefer Ranch Vineyard on page 13. · This is an outstanding Pinot Noir that has a rich core of red berries and cherries that expands in the mouth, coats the tongue, and proceeds to a lengthy and refreshing finish. This one has the whole package. Reviewed July 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 724 cases, $68. A 5-acre vineyard planted to Dijon clone 667 on the east side of Olivet Lane. The location is one of the warmest for Kosta Browne and yields are generous. The grower is extremely passionate. 25% whole cluster. · Wild and fruity, brambly and earthy, with dark berries and chocolate carrying the flavor parade. Firm tannins. Noticeably, but discreetly concentrated. Reviewed July 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Kosta Browne Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., 365 cases. $68. Mostly Pisoni clone with 20% Dijon clone 828. No whole cluster. · Intense but pretty cherry aromas and flavors. The palate is rich, long, pure and showy. Plenty of vim and vigor. Along with the Keefer, the sleekest and most refined at this stage. Reviewed July 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 1,812 cases. $45. 21% Cohn, 29% Koplen, 28% Amber Ridge, 10% Ketcham, 12% Castaldi. About 10% whole clusters are used in the appellation wines. Fermentation in oak is employed in part. · Seductive strawberry and cherry fruit with cola and spice highlights. Juicy and succulent with a velvety feel. Hard to say no to this one. Reviewed November 20, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., 1,821 cases, $45. 31% Kanzler, 21% Miron, 15% Demeo, 33% Dutton-Manzana. · More grip than the Russian River bottling with a hearty structure and notable tannins. Plenty of blackberry fruit, subtle oak spice and a firm finish. Reviewed November 20, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., 510 cases, $62. Clones 115, 667 and 777. This vineyard is situated adjacent to Gary Farrell’s Star Ridge Vineyard in the upper part of the Russian River Valley’s middle reach. The vineyard is on a rolling hill in an area characterized by early morning fog that burns off mid to late morning when the warm afternoon sun and cool winds arrive. Clones 115, 667 and 777. · The least showy wine in the lineup - big, robust, dense and brooding. Dark cherry, coffee-infused flavors. Needs time to shed some of its mountainous fruit. Reviewed November 20, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Kosta Browne Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

15.2% alc., 264 cases, $62. Garys’ is a 50-acre vineyard farmed by Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni and is located on a sloping hillside in the center of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County. The area receives heavy morning fog, strong coastal winds and an average cool mid-70s summertime temperature. Yields are low and the growing season is long and even. The clone is the Pisoni clone (rumored to originate in a famous vineyard in Burgundy). 25-30% whole cluster. · Still a bit tight, this wine exhibits a full-throttle array of saucy red Pinot fruits with chocolate, cherry cola and spice. Strikingly harmonious with seamless integration of tannins and alcohol. Will benefit from a year or two in the cellar. Reviewed November 20, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.3% alc., 500 cases, $62. This vineyard is located in western Sonoma County just south of Bodega Highway on Sander’s Road. It consists of 20 acres on what was formerly an old apple orchard. Its gently sloping location is near the beginning of the Petaluma Gap and receives morning and evening fog, breezy afternoons and bright, but mild, afternoon sun. Clones are Pommard, 115 and 667. · Striking but shy aromatics of crushed black cherries, rose petal and mushrooms. Plenty of showy dark Pinot extract and a long, chewy aftertaste. Decisive balance and very well crafted. Will age quite well. There is something deep inside here that cannot be denied. Reviewed November 20, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.3% alc., 500 cases, $62. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard. · A beautiful wine with plenty of sweet ripe blue and black fruit wrapped in oak. Sturdy on the palate with firm tannins, yet showing some finesse, and exhibiting a huge, clean finish that leaves a little heat in its wake. Reviewed August 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 117 cases, $62 · Medium light reddish-purple in color. Enticing aromatics offering Bing cherry, sweet spice, brown sugar, herbs and toast. Plenty of concentrated cherry flavor with wild herbs that leap out. Complimentary oak char. Nice finesse and lively acidity on a clean finish. The alcohol is submerged. Reviewed July 19, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Green Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 117 cases. $62. Clones are Pommard 5, 23 and 777. · Sexy nose of red strawberries, red raspberries and spice. Vivid and flamboyant fruit flavors that echo the aromas. Fine texture, svelte tannins and a lingering finish. Reviewed November 20, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.3% alc., 500 cases, $62. From a 5-acre vineyard planted entirely to Dijon clone 667 in the middle of the Russian River Valley AVA on the east side of Olivet Lane. The vineyard is the warmest location of all Kosta Browne grape sources and yields are vigorous, ranging from 3.5 to 3.7 tons per acre. The vineyard is farmed with passion by the owners. Significant whole cluster is used in this wine. · Deep on the palate, packed with brambly dark red fruit and showing a wild side. Muscular, but velvety in texture with supple tannins.. A real crowd pleaser. Reviewed November 20, 2007 ARTICLE »