Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
#12 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
Our 2008 Russian River Valley PinotNoir is a blend of nine vineyards whichlie in and around the central part ofthe Russian River Valley appellation(known as the Santa Rosa Plain). Thisarea gives the wine a spicy red fruitcore with a rich, velvety and supplecharacter. The individual lots are allunique, giving the blend a load ofcomplexity. We recommend drinkingthis wine between 2011 and 2016.
AROMATICS: Wild raspberry, lavenderand soft notes of sarsaparilla. Layers ofwarm spices compete for attention withthe rich berry and crushed ripe cherries.
ON THE PALATE: This vintage ofthe Russian River Valley Pinot Noirpermeates and awakens your senses.Pure, balanced and intense. Raspberryand a trace of nutmeg envelop themidpalate. The intense fl avors build toa crescendo of dark red fruit, nuancesof spice and traces of cola which slowlysaturate the back palate. Traces of cream,bright/rich cherry and dark chocolateare revealed in the long, caressing andmouth fi lling fi nish.
Wine Spectator - "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."
Connoisseurs' Guide - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
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Kosta Browne Winery
For almost 20 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 RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
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 unto 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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