One of the smaller AVAs in California, Sta. Rita Hills is one of the world’s best cool-climate growing regions of Pinot Noir. Remnants of marine sediment deposited during the Miocene Epoch is the base of the soil found here with the added element of elevated calcium. But what makes this area truly unique is the purely East/West maritime mouth that funnels cooling coastal fog, and wind to the vines.
Colour: Ruby with purple hues
Aroma: Aromas open gently to crushed strawberries and raspberries, tea leaves, dried orange peel and rose petals.
Palate: The palate is light to medium-bodied, juicy, elegant and perfumed, with a very long, elegant finish and satiny texture. (WA)
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 17% new French oak for 14 months / 8% wood tank for 4 months / 2% new Austrian oak for 14 months
Awards: 95pts – Jeb Dunnuck; 93pts – Wine.com; 92pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
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