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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 51 
TypeRed
ProducerKosta Browne (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2017 (based on 63 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 428 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by pjhr on 6/10/2015 & rated 93 points: As delicious as the last bottle. (1538 views)
 Tasted by mreinitz on 5/26/2015 & rated 93 points: Bigger and fruitier than the bottle we opened 6 months ago. Really nice background flavors developing along with the big rich cherry fruit. (2784 views)
 Tasted by happy712 on 5/23/2015 & rated 94 points: The best California Pinot Noir I've ever had (2451 views)
 Tasted by lvjohn on 5/19/2015 & rated 92 points: Very rich red fruits elevate this wine into something very special. (2809 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 5/17/2015 & rated 93 points: As delicious as the last bottle. (2722 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 5/13/2015 & rated 91 points: A very well made PN in a California style. Definitely more on the fruit forward side, but in an elegent way. Decanted 2+ hours and still evolving towards a better place. Bright red fruit of ripe cherries, mascerated strawberries and raisens. The mid-palate is not as developed as some of our more favorite Pinots. Has a nice acidity level and a medium finish. (2005 views)
 Tasted by JohnnyShiraz on 4/18/2015 & rated 94 points: 14.5% ABV, WS 95, Wine Spectator's 2011 Wine of the Year

At a perfect point, smooth tannins, drink now. (1608 views)
 Tasted by Djfermentation on 4/16/2015 & rated 93 points: This one is still a total crowd pleaser. Drinking in a great place right now. Sadly it was our last one. It went very well with rabbit pot pie and truffle barata salad at Table 34 in Las Vegas. (1624 views)
 Tasted by nicksala on 4/2/2015 & rated 93 points: Holding up well (2075 views)
 Tasted by rustyRudy on 3/20/2015 & rated 96 points: Beautiful and distinctive nose of dark fruit. This has settled down, developed even more complexity, and has added a touch of vanilla. Great length and depth. Terrific ! Benefitted from 2 to 3 hours of air time. (2999 views)
 Tasted by winelover1808 on 3/11/2015 & rated 95 points: last bottle. side by side with a 2009 Aubert UV-SL Pinot. delicious. less viscous then the Aubert - brighter, sweeter cherry fruit with enough acidity and litheness to make this special. (3556 views)
 Tasted by King JR on 2/15/2015 & rated 87 points: So disappointing... I've had the 09 Sonoma before and it was popping and delicious. It was so good that I searched out more bottles. Acquired this one for $225 from Winebank.com. Nose was ok, but it was totally flat on the palette. Worst bottle of the night; was obviously supposed to be the best. Again, I may have been the victim of bottle variation. (3847 views)
 Tasted by Philman15 on 2/14/2015 & rated 94 points: Beautiful, elegant wine. Dark ruby, aeromatic with loads of fruit on the nose. Long finish, integrated tannins. In a great place now. (3704 views)
 Tasted by flwinos on 1/25/2015 & rated 93 points: I agree with others - this is in a really good place right now. Beautiful fruit with secondary characteristics starting to show up as well. Long finish. (3653 views)
 Tasted by haldolugr on 1/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Pretty consistent with previous notes. I think the fruit has mellowed from the previous years bottles - for my palette, I would drink these in the next year, I wouldn't hold it beyond that. (2937 views)
 Tasted by JuliannaD on 1/10/2015 & rated 89 points: Wow this is Syrah like. I can't help but think this isn't very good Pinot Noir but an excellent red wine. It was very full with lots of ripe fruit and brown sugar. (2440 views)
 Tasted by UofM on 1/4/2015 & rated 94 points: Star of the night! Not a surprise. This bottle lived up to expectations. It is in a really good place now. If you are looking for a Burgundian style wine, then this isn't for you. Gobs of fruit, but integrated beautifully. (2435 views)
 Tasted by mpricher on 1/3/2015 & rated 92 points: MUCH better than last showing.. and based on all the notes I've read here, I think this bottling had some serious variation. Maybe some issues with their Corks? First bottle shared was wicked wonderful. Second bottle drank a few months ago, lacked fruit, character, and any depth. This bottle was once again, very alive, full of fruit and almost bursting out of the bottle. Beautiful aromatics and incredible mouthfeel. Enjoyed this one very much, and was a great comparison to a Sea Smoke Southing. (2262 views)
 Tasted by tcarter on 1/3/2015 & rated 95 points: Paired with a seared true Wagyu beef steak, and it could not have been a more perfect companion to the fattiness of the Wagyu. (2320 views)
 Tasted by MJTed on 12/26/2014 & rated 90 points: Perfectly fine New World Pinot, but not all that different from dozens of others in the $50 range across the past 5 vintages. Drink up of you got em but both worth seeking out. (1951 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 12/25/2014 & rated 93 points: Lovely ripe cherry aromas and rich silky fruit on the palate with a long finish.
Delicious pinot, but missing some of the complexity and energy of the 09 Aston Estate Pinot. The 2 other tasters thought it was too close to call! (1468 views)
 Tasted by beau11 on 12/21/2014: 94. Drinking well (1718 views)
 Tasted by chillericed on 12/19/2014 & rated 97 points: Non detailed notes, but after decanting for 1.5 hours, this was absolutely singing. Purity of fruit, luxurious smoothness and length of finish stood out. Well deserved of the wine of the year marks! (1710 views)
 Tasted by Bryan&Auđur on 12/1/2014 & rated 88 points: Maybe I am missing something or taking the WOTY into too much consideration but this was just decent for Kosta Browne. Where the F was the fruit?! Earth, spice and cola on the nose...bits of fruit on the nose...palate just earth and spice with decent acidity for an hour. Maybe this was great years ago and that is why it was the wine of the year, meaning it has to be drunk within the year because the more this was left open, just turned to a sad excuse for a 95 point super highly touted wine. I wish I could be part of the secret handshakes when wines are 'rated' by 'professionals', I could use the money. (2297 views)
 Tasted by bubbachumps on 11/29/2014 & rated 91 points: I think you drink this one now, on the nose cola, dark cherries, a touch of tree bark and some tar. In the mouth, no noticeable tannins. A decent finish. Larger scaled Pinot, but not over the top. Good wine, but hard to understand WOTY by WS. (2294 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

Producer website | Main Kosta Browne CellarTracker Wiki entry

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.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

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.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County Vintners

Sonoma Coast

* Sonoma Coast AVA (Wikipedia)
* Sonoma Coast AVA (Wine Institue)

 
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