Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

Item No. 107460
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS94
  • CG93
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • WS96
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Winemaker's Notes

#12 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

Our 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of nine vineyards which lie in and around the central part of the Russian River Valley appellation (known as the Santa Rosa Plain). This area gives the wine a spicy red fruit core with a rich, velvety and supple character. The individual lots are all unique, giving the blend a load of complexity. We recommend drinking this wine between 2011 and 2016.

AROMATICS: Wild raspberry, lavender and soft notes of sarsaparilla. Layers of warm spices compete for attention with the rich berry and crushed ripe cherries.

ON THE PALATE: This vintage of the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir permeates and awakens your senses. Pure, balanced and intense. Raspberry and a trace of nutmeg envelop the midpalate. The intense fl avors build to a crescendo of dark red fruit, nuances of spice and traces of cola which slowly saturate the back palate. Traces of cream, bright/rich cherry and dark chocolate are revealed in the long, caressing and mouth fi lling fi nish.

Critical Acclaim

"Rich and extracted, showing full-blown sassafras, dried currant and berry fruit, with mineral, sage, black tea and plum jam flavors that are well-focused, deep, concentrated and persistent. Drink now through 2016."
94 Points

"As generously filled and as carefully balanced as any Pinot in this month's review, Kosta Browne's Russian River Valley bottling is absolutely brimming with succulent cherries overlain by lots of creamy oak. What it may lack in complexity, it more than makes up for in its ebullient young fruit, and we would not rule out an increased sense of the former after it has had a couple of years in which to develop. Still, it is so rich and inviting right now that impatience is hard to condemn."
93 Points

"Bright ruby. Muskier and more brooding than the Sonoma Coast bottling, showing black raspberry, oak spice, cola and dried rose qualities. Round and sappy in the mouth, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and showing no rough edges. Pretty seductive already, with very good finishing cling and an echo of cherry-cola."
90 Points

Learn About Kosta Browne

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.

Learn 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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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