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 Vintage2010 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 2013 and 2019 (based on 54 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 91.9 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 274 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by MRichman on 2/1/2016: Beautiful wine. Great silky mouth feel. A full throttle wine but not out of balance. In a good place maturity-wise. A treat. (774 views)
 Tasted by lvjohn on 12/31/2015 & rated 95 points: Fantastic wine. Very complex. Nice soft nose. Great mouth feel. No I understand why WS was so enthusiastic about this wine. (1123 views)
 Tasted by slywka7 on 12/25/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted for about 30 minutes. Big nose of wild cherry, cinnamon, sarsaparilla and rose petal. Really has a lot going on in the nose. More earthy than I expected on the palate with dark fruits, brown sugar, mushroom, earth and root vegetable. Strange to have such a conflicting wine and never experienced that in a KB before. Finish sailed on for about 25 seconds. (1112 views)
 Tasted by RCarlyleParker on 12/25/2015 & rated 89 points: Still needs bottle time. Was a bit fruit forward for my tastes (1210 views)
 Tasted by nicksala on 12/23/2015 & rated 92 points: Still hanging in there (619 views)
 Tasted by thebonnydooner on 12/13/2015 & rated 92 points: Delicious wine. This is full of upfront and forward, loads of black cherry and red cherry fruit. Mild tannins with juicy acidity. Well balanced and fragrant with lots of fruit character. Drinking about peak for me. (1396 views)
 Tasted by ELH on 11/26/2015 & rated 93 points: Paired well with Thanksgiving turkey. (1503 views)
 Tasted by naso on 11/25/2015 & rated 90 points: Good but not special (1348 views)
 Tasted by J @ y H @ c k on 11/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Pop and pour. "Classic" modern California pinot with a fruit forward profile. Add to that a meaty fully-filled profile and this is an outstanding pinot. No negative components and it goes down very smoothly. Five years has allowed it to shed its roughness of youth. Probably has a decade or two to go. Still very primary. (1553 views)
 Tasted by bubbachumps on 11/7/2015 & rated 92 points: Dark cherry, touch of licorice and dark cherry on the nose. In the mouth, well-balanced and integrated with primary flavors. Nice wine (1714 views)
 Tasted by skinut on 11/3/2015 & rated 92 points: Nice balance and length. Fruit seems to be a little muted but still prominent. Drink now - I don't think it will improve with more time. (1561 views)
 Tasted by brujazz on 10/27/2015 & rated 91 points: Opened, aerated and decanted for two hours. Very typical Kosta Browne SC Pinot Noir. Rustic and elegant at the same time. Prunes, dates and figs. Very well balanced. Nothing negative to say.....I'm sorry, it's over priced at $58. You're paying a premium for the name, so..... (1812 views)
 Tasted by Gymcoach11 on 10/20/2015 & rated 95 points: Hands down my favorite wine producers, I have been buying their wine for years and they never disappoint. Always in wine spectators top 100 best wines winning wine of the year a few years ago. On the nose, the bouquet is subtle but very pleasing with notes of raspberry, earth, very subtle hint of oak. On the palate, the flavors are subdued and not a fruit bomb like most pinot's. I would describe it as chewy with flavors lingering on the palate on the finish. The tannins are there but have subsided due to cellaring and the alcohol level is low as well. If your a Pinot fan seek this one out it will behinds down one of the best pinot's you have had in my opinion! (1595 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 10/12/2015 & rated 92 points: Tasty, but not quite up to the last couple of bottles. (1581 views)
 Tasted by jlgnml on 9/17/2015 & rated 92 points: Great deep color, fresh berry nose, good length and full palate. (1969 views)
 Tasted by egh on 9/5/2015 & rated 91 points: Great example of a pinot done in a bigger and bolder style. Fuller bodied and to the riper side, but maintains a sense of freshness and balance throughout with dark red cherry/berry, spice, and earth notes. 14.4% alcohol. (1987 views)
 Tasted by csimm1161 on 9/3/2015 & rated 93 points: Similar as my notes from 8/1/15. I noticed more of the typical KB cola, rhubarb, and sassafras notes this time around. Drinking well right now, and should sail through the next couple of years.

In general, I have found that KB appellation Pinots tend to quickly fade after the 8 year mark (from vintage date), losing some of the energy and fruit, becoming fairly lackluster and somewhat muddled. For example, the 2006s are pretty shot by now in my opinion, with much the vivacity gone. The best time to drink KB Pinots is usually a couple of years after release, and then consume over the course of a couple of years more. (The 2011s are a bit of an exception just because the vintage was rough and KB struggled to accomplish consistency in their 2011 Pinots).

Regardless, this 2010 is good as a PnP now, and should remain so through 2016. (2075 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 8/12/2015 & rated 93 points: As delicious as the last bottle. (2224 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 8/8/2015 & rated 90 points: Annual Wine Group Summer Event - BBQ Brisket at Siggy's (Siggy & Jenny's Place, Mpls, MN): Dark red color. PNP, small pour. There's a lot to like here, with a core of earthiness, ripe dark cherry fruit, hints of cola, a silky texture and nicely layered fruit on top of a bright deep earthy nose with fresh cherries. Seems rich and silky, yet still retains a brightness. 90+pts. (2389 views)
 Tasted by csimm1161 on 8/1/2015 & rated 93 points: A solid Pinot, with a seductively smooth and upfront appealing texture. Drinking really well at the moment. Lacks just a tad of the complexity of some other '10 KB Pinots. Tasted alongside '12 Bevan 2114 and '12 Wren Hop Mortal Coil Pinots. The '10 KB was overall #3, but all stood strong. The KB was great with a salmon and scallop spiced sweet potato dish, but could not compete with the Russell Bevan Pinots as a stand-alone.

Nevertheless, the KB is a beautiful Pinot, full of dark red cherry, ripe raspberry, subtle earth, and cinnamon flavors. Finishes with a nice frame of earth and spice. Great drinking window now. PnP and enjoy! (2054 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 7/31/2015 & rated 93 points: Even better than the last bottle. Classic KB! (1715 views)
 Tasted by haldolugr on 7/15/2015 & rated 93 points: Killer bottle of pinot. Cherry and floral in the mouth with a classic KB Sonoma coast profile through each sip leading to a smooth finish. (2070 views)
 Tasted by napasoutherner on 7/11/2015 & rated 92 points: Solid Pinot noir from Komata Browne. Took about 1.5 hours to open up. Bright red cherries with some earth notes. Medium finish (1856 views)
 Tasted by Castle Peak on 6/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Yummy! (2061 views)
 Tasted by rustyRudy on 6/21/2015 & rated 92 points: Garnet. Distinctive Kosta Brown nose. Cherry vanilla, good balance and seems to be evolving into its fully mature stage but still a little awkward at this point. Very nice wine. Had with grilled pork tenderloin. From a split. (1952 views)
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Vinous, Sonoma...A Thrill a Minute (Jul 2013)
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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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