There are many differences between vineyards in this small appellation, but the majority of them do share a common influence – the cooling effect that follows the Russian River inland from the Pacific coast. The resulting fog helps keep nights cool and offers vines a respite from daytime temperatures. In turn, these diurnal temperature swings slow down ripening and promote more evolved flavors in our grapes
Colour: Ruby with purple hues
Aroma: Raspberry bramble, black cherry and a touch of vanilla.
Palate: Violet notes accent the juicy crushed red cherry and raspberry tart flavors, backed by vibrant acidity. Exhibits spicy focus midpalate, leading to a finish that lingers with flint and hot stone hints. Drink now through 2024. (WS)
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 31% new French oak for 15 months / 5% concrete for 5 months
Awards: 95pts – Jeb Dunnuck; 96pts – Wine.com; 93pts – Wine Spectator
History of Kosta Browne
Kosta Browne is a winery in Sebastopol, California, specializing in Pinot Noir. Kosta Browne was founded in 1997 and is currently owned by Duckhorn Wine Company. In 1997, Dan Kosta and Michael Browne founded Kosta Browne Winery. Their 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinor Noir won Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year Award in 2011.
Kosta Browne was known for highly extracted wines made from very sugar-rich, ripe grapes, starting with the 2002 and 2003 vintages. Since 2015 the winery has changed its style towards less extraction. The winery has been sold twice – in 2015, to J.W. Childs Associates; and in 2018, to the Duckhorn Wine Company, which is owned by TSG Consumer Partners