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Kosta Browne

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Background

"Kosta Browne began as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In the summer of 1997, while working at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa, California, Dan and Michael decided to venture into winemaking. They saved tip money for two months and eventually had enough to buy a half ton of Pinot Noir, a used barrel and an old hand-crank stemmer-crusher, a purchase that marks the beginning of Kosta Browne. Since that vintage, they have nurtured relationships with the best growers and honed their winemaking skills, making sure to focus on the vision and values with which they began."

In 2001, Dan and Michael partnered with Chris Costello and his family, who collectively provided the business experience and relationships that gave Kosta Browne the necessary resources to grow. Chris was able to craft a business plan that conveyed the appeal of the Kosta Browne story and sensibly described its future, helping to convince many wary family members and friends that investing in the vision would be worth it.

Today, Dan, Michael and Chris work very closely to maintain the quality and consistency of the entire Kosta Browne experience.


Philosophy

"Flavorful, intense wines - that is our goal. We believe every wine should be bursting with flavor. This intensity should be part of a greater balance. We find that each of our vineyards has its own "sweet spot" of balance. It is our charge to guide each vineyard to its optimum flavor potential. Our single vineyard wines are blended to express the specific qualities and consistencies of our pedigreed vineyards. Pinot Noir is the perfect palate to define the terroir of these plantings. We offer two appellation wines: our Sonoma Coast and Russian River. These wines are blended to represent the best of our vineyards in each specific appellation. Quality is of utmost importance with these blends."


Other Information

Kosta Browne has only produced three varietals (as of 2007) in it's existence. Sauvignon Blanc (no longer producing), Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Under their Pinot Noir varietal they produce wine from some of the most sought after vineyards in California. The vineyards include (2007) Amber Ridge, Cohn, Gary's, Kanzler, Koplen, Miron and Rosella's.

Kosta Browne is a "list only" winery and allocation can be hard to come by.


Wines To Date

VINTAGE VARIETAL DESIGNATION / VINEYARD Special Notation
2007 Pinot Noir Rose of Pinot Noir
2005 Syrah Amber Ridge
2006 Pinot Noir Russian River
2006 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
2006 Pinot Noir Rose of Pinot Noir
2005 Pinot Noir 4 Barrel
2005 Pinot Noir Amber Ridge Inaugural Vintage
2005 Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard
2005 Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard
2005 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard Inaugural Vintage
2005 Pinot Noir Keefer Vineuard Inaugural Vintage
2005 Pinot Noir Miron Vineyard Inaugural Vintage
2005 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard Inaugural Vintage
2005 Pinot Noir Russian River
2005 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
2004 Pinot Noir 4 Barrel
2004 Pinot Noir Cohn Vineyard
2004 Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard
2004 Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard
2004 Pinot Noir Russian River
2004 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
2004 Syrah Amber Ridge Inaugural Vintage
2003 Pinot Noir 4 Barrel Inaugural Vintage
2003 Pinot Noir Cohn Vineyard
2003 Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard
2003 Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard Inaugural Vintage
2003 Pinot Noir Russian River
2003 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
2003 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Inaugural Vintage
2002 Pinot Noir Cohn Vineyard
2002 Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard Inaugural Vintage
2002 Pinot Noir Russian River
2002 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
2002 Pinot Noir Rose of Pinot Noir Inaugural Vintage
2001 Pinot Noir Cohn Vineyard
2001 Pinot Noir Russian River Inaugural Vintage
2001 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Inaugural Vintage
2001 Sauvignon Blanc n/a
2000 Pinot Noir Cohn Vineyard Inaugural Vintage
2000 Sauvignon Blanc n/a Inaugural Vintage


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