#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.
"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."
"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."
"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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