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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 128 
ProducerKosta Browne (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
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UPC Code(s)851573001051

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2017 (based on 64 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 461 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by corkscrews on 1/30/2016 & rated 93 points: Sadly my last bottle, similar to last note, drinking great, like velvet. www.winelx.com (620 views)
 Tasted by eeeeeradicator on 1/22/2016 & rated 94 points: I'm back to my original verdict. Not sure what caused the problems with the previous bottle, but this one was incredibly smooth and floral. (810 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 12/29/2015 & rated 91 points: Not as vibrant as previous bottles. (1342 views)
 Tasted by SMZ on 12/27/2015 & rated 94 points: Sensational...still has some life left. (1333 views)
 Tasted by eeeeeradicator on 12/24/2015 & rated 91 points: Doesn't measure up to past bottles. Still an excellent, enjoyable wine but some slight burnt characteristics crept into this one. (1338 views)
 Tasted by Castle Peak on 12/23/2015 & rated 96 points: Loved this wine, despite the #1 WS ranking a few years ago. Beautifully layered, textured and balanced. Flavorful, elegant and a perfect repressentation of top tiered CA Pinot Noir. This is the highest CT rating I have given a wine. (1282 views)
 Tasted by miker02 on 12/12/2015 & rated 94 points: Deep red in color. Powerful and complex pinot. Great fruit. Seems to be in its prime. Excellent. (1362 views)
 Tasted by cr8it on 12/5/2015 & rated 98 points: Ripe red fruit, soft cola, cherries, lingering fruit and jam - delicious
The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are slow. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like cedar and cinnamon. It tastes like raspberry and black currant (cassis). The body is medium. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity. (1187 views)
 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 11/27/2015 & rated 90 points: Thanksgiving Weekend (Lancaster, PA): Rich and chewy, full-throttle of course, still lots of structure to the tannins though, and surprisingly there’s hints of acid. Packed with pure, full fruit (black cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, raspberry jam, but I also get rich cola and baking spice notes. Fun, undeniably delicious, but I didn’t drink this with food, and I’m not sure I would ever bring a wine like this to a dinner. All other wines over the Thanksgiving were chosen for their food-friendliness – except this and an 03 CdP, which we passed around late at night. This worked wonderfully in that context. (1245 views)
 Tasted by joet626 on 11/24/2015 & rated 94 points: Decanted for an hour prior to eating with dinner. Really good! Nice pepper and spice--this has really evolved since the last bottle I had early 2014. Outstanding! (1318 views)
 Tasted by jwkagel on 11/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Could probably let it get some more time to open or even a little longer in the bottle - but still a fantastic wine! (1298 views)
 Tasted by corkscrews on 11/20/2015 & rated 91 points: A nose of cherries and spice, medium amber in color. A medium to full bodied Pinot, with currants, cherries, good acidity, dust and spice on finish. Hard to ever say anything bad about a KB wine, drink now. www.winelx.com (1488 views)
 Tasted by BABLUES on 11/7/2015 & rated 92 points: Excellent KB Sonoma Coast. A little hot, but other than that a fabulous wine. Still think the 2010 RRV is my favorite of the appellation wines (1519 views)
 Tasted by Stumpy on 11/5/2015 & rated 92 points: A big and rich Pinot that is able to stay this side of overdone. I really enjoyed the bottle but requires some heavier food to work. Actually a nice bottle to drink without food. (1525 views)
 Tasted by Pcrage on 10/31/2015 & rated 94 points: Drinking very well right now. Lovely. (1443 views)
 Tasted by Ron Van Holland on 10/16/2015 & rated 92 points: Irresistible, elegant pinot with gobsmacking unsweetened cola structure mid-palate. Be careful about starting this wine too early: it will be gone before the meal is served. (1642 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/12/2015 & rated 94 points: Decanted for 1 hour along 2011. Tasted together. Both had lively acidity and typical KB fruit and nose. 2009 was just so much better with none of the bite of 2011 I know it's not a fair comparison but wanted to compare a good vintage against a fair vintage (1534 views)
 Tasted by Troon on 9/24/2015 & rated 93 points: This wine is drinking perfectly right now. Popped and poured. It took only minutes to be full of red fruit with the signature velvety finish. Sad this is my last bottle. (1781 views)
 Tasted by egh on 9/11/2015 & rated 88 points: 14.5% alcohol. Compared with the 2010 Sonoma Coast I enjoyed last week, the 2009 shows less freshness, energy, vibrancy, and balance while exhibiting a somewhat prickly character on the back end from the alcohol. Fuller bodied, offering up an aromatic and flavor profile of back cherry, currant/raisin, cola, and brown spices. For my palate, these wines are seemingly best enjoyed on the younger side; Recommendation to drink. (1794 views)
 Tasted by SullyDevil on 9/4/2015 & rated 96 points: The 2nd part of my 2009 KB duo- drank in Sonoma the night of check-in at the rental. Perfectly balanced. Mild fruitiness, well structured and just all around perfect Pinot. (1883 views)
 Tasted by brian przyzycki on 8/5/2015 & rated 92 points: Great but I really think I enjoy the RRV bottling better. Who cares if it wasn't WOTY? Classy wine regardless. Served with Asian grilled flank steak on beautiful lake minocqua. (2966 views)
 Tasted by thebonnydooner on 8/3/2015 & rated 91 points: Not quite in love with this as the other posters. Ripe and pretty full bodied for a Pinot, lots of sweet ripe cherry fruit, but for my nose and palate comes across as a little roasted and hot. There is some nice complexity with mushrooms and leather. You can taste the richness and the alcohol on the finish. Very tasty, but a little much. Glad I sold my other two bottles. (3059 views)
 Tasted by eeeeeradicator on 7/17/2015 & rated 94 points: This is really starting to grow up. The complexity is blowing through the sugar and alcohol that dominated it earlier. Mushroom, wood, leather, and forest aspects are coming through, balanced nicely with still-prominent fruit. (3650 views)
 Tasted by CRAUBER4242 on 7/6/2015 & rated 93 points: No formal notes, but a great pinot. I will wait a 1+ for my others, as I drink through my '10s and '11s. (4161 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 6/10/2015 & rated 93 points: As delicious as the last bottle. (4981 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, The Best of Sonoma (Feb 2012)
(Kosta Browne Winery Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast) Subscribe to see review text.
By Gregory Walter
PinotReport, Issue #73 (7/1/2011)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/18/2011)
(Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast) Lovely raspberry, ripe cherry nose; plush, raspberry, tart cherry palate with balance; medium finish 91+ points  91 points
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Kosta Browne

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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

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Sonoma Coast

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