Kosta Browne Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018
Bramble, with notes of blueberry compote & dried cranberry. Elegant rusticity. Powerful black cherry component with a long palate and firm but pleasantly structured tannin's.
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Fascinating sour-cherry and redcherry flavors take the lead in this impeccably balanced and nicely concentrated wine. Medium body and moderate tannins give it excellent structure for mid-term aging, Best from 2023.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley is the inaugural vintage of an Anderson Valley appellation Pinot Noir from Kosta Browne. Fruit comes from the Cerise and Ferrington vineyards. Pale to medium ruby, its intense fruits are tempered by fine earthy accents. It has a firm, grainy frame, well woven freshness and long finish.
This is the first release of Kosta Browne’s Ander-son Valley Pinot, blended from fruit grown at Cerise Vineyard in the hills and the Fer-rington Vineyard at the foot of the hills north of Boonville. It offers the ripeness of Califor-nia fruit without tasting sweet, a dense wine with blueberry and woodland mushroom scents, sappy and structured. For beef with black mushrooms.
Founded in 1997, Kosta Browne is one of North America’s most revered wineries, recognized for making some of the world’s finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Located in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, and guided by an acclaimed team that includes renowned Winemaker Julien Howsepian, Kosta Browne makes appellation and single-vineyard wines from the most coveted cool-climate vineyards across the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley, Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. In addition to partnering with the finest growers in California, Kosta Browne has an estate program that features 170 acres of vineyards through ownership or long-term leases that includes the Cerise Vineyard in Anderson Valley, Keefer Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, and a prized section of the Gap’s Crown Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Kosta Browne has earned a place on Wine Spectator’s annual list of the world’s “Top 100 Wines” seven times since 2005, including “Wine of the Year” in 2011.
Anderson Valley, located in Mendocino County just above Sonoma County, is one of California’s coolest AVAs, allowing it a long growing season. Only 15 miles long, the region makes a slice eastward through the mountains, from the frigid Pacific Ocean. Dramatic diurnal temperature variations here preserve grape acidity and thus freshness in the finished wines. These are prime conditions for growing Pinot Noir, and the valley produces many fine versions. Characteristics of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir typically include crisp acidity, cranberry and strawberry notes as well as earthy notes of forest floor and mushroom.
Still Pinot Noir, however, is only part of the story. Pinot Noir, along with Chardonnay, are also grown for Anderson Valley’s exceptional sparkling wines. Produced via the traditional method, these offer a classic toasty note from lees aging, bright, complex fruit notes and a clean, refreshing character.