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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 135 
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 61 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 92 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 388 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by budman on 2/7/2016 & rated 92 points: Smooth as silk!! (185 views)
 Tasted by dsnitman on 2/6/2016: Great John Karen and fish (200 views)
 Tasted by Blue Shorts on 1/31/2016 & rated 93 points: Getting even better with age. That was my last bottle of this vintage. I wish I had more. (479 views)
 Tasted by dsapp on 12/18/2015 & rated 93 points: Opening Night for Star Wars 7. Color: bright, clear claret with orange rim. Pretty. Nose: subtle white pepper. Taste: plum, a little earth, pleasant mellow. Nice finish. Very happy. Yum. (1183 views)
 Tasted by dougie on 12/16/2015 & rated 91 points: At peak. (1183 views)
 Tasted by tfesmgk on 11/22/2015 & rated 93 points: Consistently better than their single vineyards PN's. Just a great CA PN. (1349 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 11/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Just another excellent bottle of pinot noir! This winery is excellent! I could talk about the wonderful nose and smooth plum and cherry fruit with a super finish but I have already said this many times before for this wine. (1423 views)
 Tasted by tcosgriff on 11/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Burgundy color with a bouquet and flavor of dark cherries, followed by Pinot Noir spice. Very smooth in the mouth with excellent balance, moderate depth, and a nice finish. To be great, this wine would need more nuance and oomph, but it was still very good. Initially tasted in too small a restaurant glass, which greatly diminished its appeal. Much improved with a bigger, though not optimal glass. Drinking wines in the right glasses is not just frosting, but critical! (1580 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 10/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Another bottle of Kosta-Brown magic. Super wine that others have already described. Wait for it to open for 30 minutes and then enjoy. (1241 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 9/20/2015: I liked this wine, I know it's popular to bag on KB but this taste good. It's not overtly sweet or cloy. Ripe black cherry and plum with good spice box note. Medium/- acid and smooth mouthfeel. Don't know if these will age for 30 years but at 6 yo it's doing just fine. (1614 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 9/16/2015 flawed bottle: Volatile acidity with ethyl acetate notes. (1420 views)
 Tasted by VinoDiver on 9/12/2015 & rated 92 points: Crystal Lake - Fall 2015 (CL): Well made, lush red fruits. Wonderful nose and lingering finish. (1452 views)
 Tasted by jbro on 9/6/2015 & rated 94 points: this bottle surprisingly different than the previous-which rated a blah. This was good on the opening-medium purple with a reasonable, but not blow you away nose, some cherries but more dark fruit, really pleasingly balanced on the palate, with fruit and acidity, and the wine got better and better with air. A wowser. I hated to finish the bottle. (1450 views)
 Tasted by SullyDevil on 9/3/2015 & rated 97 points: The best Pinot I have ever experienced. Nearly flawless. (1257 views)
 Tasted by Matt T on 8/8/2015 & rated 92 points: Excellent. Still gaining some weight. Good complexity with plenty of oak, berry, and tar. Drink or hold (1195 views)
 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. (1471 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. (1365 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. (1394 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 7/8/2015 & rated 93 points: As delicious as the last bottle! (1328 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. (1483 views)
 Tasted by corkscrews on 6/6/2015 & rated 90 points: Consistent with last note, very good, drink now. www.winelx.com (1375 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. (1525 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. (1371 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. (1223 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! (1388 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
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of Vinous and PinotReport and RJonWine.com. (manage subscription channels)

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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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