Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
Wine Spectator - "Zeros in on a tight core of vivid dark berry, with touches of wild berry, raspberry and blueberry shaded by creamy oak. Gains velocity and depth, ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022."
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque ruby. Highly expressive aromas of ripe red and dark berries, cola and rose oil. Vibrant and precise, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of allspice. Closes with strong cut, gentle tannins and a late note of candied flowers. Very sexy already but I'd let this one rest for a few more years. "
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Sweet and outgoing in scent with toasty oak in support of its deep, and nicely concentrated black cherry fruit, this ample offering has lots of substance and size with a sense of solidity and the structure of an eminently ageworthy Pinot Noir. Its undisguised ripeness is tempered by its fine acid balance, and its lengthy finish is marked by a slight tannic grip. It is still a bit gruff at the edges, but its prospects for polish are quite good, and it will pay dividends to those willing to wait for another three to five years."
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Kosta Browne Winery
For almost 15 years, Kosta Browne has crafted intensely-flavored and balanced wines from the finest regions in California, including the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. Founders Dan Kosta, Michael Browne and Chris Costello's dedication to quality, stewardship and commitment to customer relationships has propelled the brand to industry leader, producing some of the most sought-after new world Pinot Noirs. View all Kosta Browne Wines
About Russian River
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.