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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 58 
ProducerKosta Browne (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2017 (based on 59 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.9 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 359 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by JohnnyShiraz on 7/22/2015 & rated 93 points: 14.6% ABV, WS 91, ST 91, CG 90, JS 90

Tannins are completely smooth; drink at this beautiful point. (511 views)
 Tasted by Monaco on 7/19/2015 & rated 87 points: Either my tastes are changing or I don't have enough experience with RRV pinots. Tasted like a flat glass of Cherry Coke. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I much prefer the SC KB's I've had in the past. (504 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 7/9/2015 & rated 93 points: Decanted 1+ hours. An eligant and big Cali Pinot Noir through and through. A wonderful big black cherry, plum, prum, fig and baking spice nose that leaps out of the glass and carries through on the palate. Still quite youthful with its diamond edge acidity and a wanton lengthy finish. Could sit for many more years but good luck keeping you lusty hands off of it. (665 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 7/8/2015 & rated 93 points: As delicious as the last bottle! (633 views)
 Tasted by CRAUBER4242 on 6/14/2015 & rated 91 points: Needed 30 minutes of air to show nice notes of black cherry and smoky minerals leading to a full flavored mouth echoing those notes. A good wine but definitely not as good as the 2010 of this wine I had a few weeks back. (1093 views)
 Tasted by corkscrews on 6/6/2015 & rated 90 points: Consistent with last note, very good, drink now. www.winelx.com (1053 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 5/20/2015 & rated 96 points: This is the best wine I have had so far in 2015! Deep dark red full body wine with a super nose. Once you open the bottle the fruit offers an excellent pinot. Big complex fruit with blackberries and a hint of blueberries. Wonderful finish. Truly a memorable bottle of wine. (1257 views)
 Tasted by sesalmon on 5/20/2015 & rated 93 points: Opened about 90 minutes before drinking. Beautiful garnet color that sings in the glass. The first thing that hits you is the nose; expressive aromatics with ripe black cherry, light floral (rose petal?) and clove. A nicely integrated, full-bodied Pinot with complex fruit comprised of cherry cola, raspberry, wild strawberry, brown sugar, spice and a hint of earth. The end just keeps on, lingering for 30 seconds with a cherry note finish. I really liked this wine better than the first bottle. (1090 views)
 Tasted by miker02 on 5/17/2015 & rated 93 points: Opened about an hour before drinking. Garnet color. Full, round, smooth pinot flavor. Drinking excellently right now. (963 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 5/17/2015 & rated 93 points: Same as 9/14/14 bottle, this is wonderful grape juice, Susan loved it! (1128 views)
 Tasted by corkscrews on 5/2/2015 & rated 91 points: A nose of cherries and spice, medium amber in color. A medium to full bodied Pinot, with currants, cherries, some dust and spice on finish, good year in year out. www.winelx.com (931 views)
 Tasted by Filippo on 5/2/2015 & rated 92 points: still an incredible pinot....but maybe past its peak? (1149 views)
 Tasted by joet626 on 4/30/2015 & rated 90 points: A Little coarse in taste with lots of pepper. Very good (898 views)
 Tasted by slywka7 on 4/24/2015 & rated 95 points: Aromas of sarsaparilla, brown sugar, wild cherry, flowers and clove. Nose really open for business tonight. On the palate get flavors of cherry cola, brown sugar, wild raspberry, wild strawberry with a slight hint of earth. Ends with a finish that sails on for 35-40 seconds with cherry note. Better than the last time I had it. Thought the Sonoma Coast bottling was better on release but this has really come around. A fantastic Cali Pinot that a Burgundy fan probably would not appreciate. (992 views)
 Tasted by thebonnydooner on 4/18/2015 & rated 83 points: This seemed to veer into the overipe and unbalanced territory. Brown sugar, overripe fruit, even slightly chilled this came across as not bing all together. So glad I sold two of my 2009 Sonoma Coast. I think the message with these is drink up sooner than later. (990 views)
 Tasted by frisbeedog on 4/9/2015 & rated 94 points: Tasting great right now, and gets better an hour+ after opening. (1165 views)
 Tasted by mmcdds on 3/31/2015 & rated 91 points: This is in a nice place right now. It still has all its big, rich, Kosta Browne characteristics, but it has mellowed abit and lost some of it's youthful exuberance. Quite nice. (1332 views)
 Tasted by pmarlo on 3/15/2015 & rated 93 points: This cork is stained almost the same dark magenta hue as a Altamura cab. Was also very decent but again these Kosta's take time to open up, so be patient. Denser style of pinot and great mouthfeel like none others encountered. (1480 views)
 Tasted by Castle Peak on 3/8/2015 & rated 91 points: Nice pairing with spinach/beet/chicken salad with a white balsamic dressing. Nothing special. (1529 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 3/6/2015 & rated 93 points: Another classic KB Russian River Pinot! (1377 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 2/28/2015: Open That Bottle Night 2015 (Duluth, GA): Happy this was not over the top in color or richness, good sharp acid, sure very sweet fruit and spice but respectable balance, then again it was nothing to write home about for these same reasons. (1466 views)
 Tasted by dougie on 2/15/2015 & rated 89 points: A bit one dimensional. Bright fruit. Drank over 6 hours. Fruity at the start, fruity at the end. (1254 views)
 Tasted by JuliannaD on 2/15/2015 & rated 90 points: I guess my tastes are a' changing because the last few KB pinots I've opened have been over the top. This wine was very good but still close to being too much. I tasted ripe raspberry and cherry and plenty of spices. Someone at dinner who does not drink wine regularly said "this is the most Cab. like Pinot Noir I have ever tasted!" And it went surprisingly well with seafood. (1588 views)
 Tasted by tomlee on 2/9/2015 & rated 92 points: Dark red in color. 14.6% ABV. Dark fruits, roses and brown sugar on the nose. Medium body with medium acidity. The wine has a darker fruit profile than I am accustomed to from KB. Great flavors of black cherry, cranberries, strawberries and cinnamon. The wine gains weight in the glass over the course of several hours and finishes strong. Drink over the next several years. (1533 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 1/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Delightful Cali PN; Not WOTY for me but lots of RR fruit and I liked it. (1652 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, The Best of Sonoma (Feb 2012)
(Kosta Browne Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley) 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 Russian River Valley) Lifted black cherry, berry, black raspberry nose; tight, tasty, raspberry, black raspberry palate with balance; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish 92+ points  92 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.


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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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Russian River Valley

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