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Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007

Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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14.4% ABV
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14.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

An exhilarating mix of berries and a whisper of dark chocolate fill the glass. Exotic spices and currants. Curvaceous and alluring, yet the flirtatious aromatics do not lead you astray. An explosion of berries, spice and tea. Layers of succulent dark fruits are in perfect balance with acidity, spice and minerality. The lengthy and voluptuous finish lingers with perfect elegance.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 94
Wine Spectator
Pure, rich and direct, almost syrupy, with thick, persistent layers of dark berry fruit.—Kosta Browne non-blind vertical (March 2011). Drink now through 2020. 867 cases made.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide
Sweetly oaked, scented with a touch of creme brulee and a slight touch softer in overall structure than the family model predicts, this rounded and comparatively open wine seems the most developed of the Kosta Browne bunch. It ends with a bit of last-minute firmness that allays any worry that it might fade away soon, and its appealing mix of well-extracted cherry-like fruit and gentle oak spice easily outdistances its scant finishing tannins.
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Kosta Browne

Kosta Browne

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Kosta Browne, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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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.

Russian River

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Villages or Cru level wines.

KHM115858_2007 Item# 115858