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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This is a massive, muscular CA pinot noir. It was darker than one of the cabernets we had on the table. Full throttle with bing cherry and a meaty mid pallet. I think I prefer my pinot a little more elegant than this style but it didn't disappoint at all. Some of the notes said this wine is fading quick but I didn't see that at all. Not sure if it has the structure to last another 10 years but it was fantastic last tonight.
Everything tastes better on Thanksgiving, but this wine was memorable. Drank against 09 Littorai Thieriot pinot. Came in right behind Littorai in my opinion. 2 hr decant and fruit still burst into your mouth at first sip. A little less together and restrained than Littorai. Amazing complement to a wonderful day.
Opened this with some concern as others suggested the wine might be past it's prime, but that was not the case. It was just as good as when we last had it almost 2 years ago. Still had nice fruit and I didn't detect any earthy flavors. Our friends all said that this wine stood out from other pinots that we've served in the past; one even asked if we could open another bottle. Sadly, this was our last.
Decanted several hours then tasted over two days. Uhoh. Three years ago, I was transfixed by this wine. Four months ago, it seemed tired. This bottle had dominant green flavors that hit like hisses from the gallery. Time is not being kind to this starlet.
Actually... disappointed on this bottling. Previous 2009 KB Pinot/Russian River was awesome. This bottle lacked fruit. Smelled more of Olive and wet bark, with only a hint of fruit. Was hoping this would open up, but after two days, the fruit barley emerged. Definitely agree with comments on tasting more earthy. Well balanced, but lacking the Fruit and nuance of other KB Pinot's I've been fortunate enough to drink. Hoping this is a phase...
As others have noted, this is evolving into a more earthy and peppery wine with less elegance and an absence of those wonderful rich fruit flavors. Still good, but not as expressive, balanced and interesting as the wine I scored a 94 almost 3 years ago. Have a couple more left so it will be interesting to see how it evolves.
Drinking very nicely tonight with a little splash decant. My first taste of this in a couple of years the dark red and blue fruits have settled down and have shed abit of their youthful exuberance. There's abit of earth, tobacco, sassafras and violets. Just a hint of white pepper shows up on the mid palate and the finish is a little on the shy side. The consensus tonight seems to be that, while quite enjoyable, this bottle was abit on the one dimensional side.
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of thistle, black berries and black cherries. Flavors of black berries, black cherries and minerals. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.
The color is dark garnet, translucent and brilliantly hued. The smells are sweet dark cherries, peppery and sweet tar notes, sassafras, floral notes, rhubarb, and raspberry pie. The tastes are cherry cola, sweet spices, brown sugar and cinnamon, strawberry, anise, olive, and damp earthy leaves. The tannins are sheer and fine and the finish is lengthy, fruity and refreshing thanks to the acidity. In a word, delicious.
Decanted several hours before consuming. Complicated flavors of red cherry, rhubarb, cinnamon, and Dr. Pepper proceed lazily across the palate. This bottle seemed to possess less verve than one sampled 18 months ago, perhaps recoiling from all the publicity.
Deep ruby color with notes of cherry and cinnamon, rose hips and florals. Nice fruit on the palate- cherry and raspberry, perhaps even hints of white currants, along with clove and spice. Finishes well. Very nice. 91-92 pts.
Did a side by side tasting of the 09 Sonoma Coast and the 09 Russian River Valley. Sonoma Coast - Ruby color, Nose of cherries, pepper, cola, fruit forward with very low acid, and fruit - wonderful smoothness with a delicious lingering pepper or herb ending. Truly a delightful wine.
The Russian River nose is much more astringent with strong notes of apple, smoked wood, cherries and berries. Fruit forward, but not as much as the Sonoma, nice finish, but not nearly as smooth, and definitely more pepper notes at the finish. A very good wine - can't complain about either. Have decanted and will try a bit later
Just wonderful. WS WOTY? I can see it. I've always liked the Sonoma Coast over the RRV, and this is no different. Nice sauve red fruit, cherries, raspberries. Nose is amazing. Well balanced, packed with fruit, but not over the top. Love it per usual. Drank from 375ml bottle.
Wine Spectator "Wine of the Year". 3-4 hour decant, slightly chilled. Clear, deep ruby red/purple color. Long legs, fairly intense and classic KB nose. Drank as expected with more intensity that the last bottle. Exceptional balance/integration. Cola, red/black cherry, raspberry, slight plum, spice. Very long finish, slight tannins. Super drinkable, crowd pleasing, nothing off. $57
Almost literally to the day a year later, this Pinot has gained weight and complexity. Notes of sour cherry are more intense with Asian spice hints. The finish lingers in your mouth for 30+ seconds and like before! there are strong notes of cola and touch of spice. Excellent and worthy of the WS designation of wine of the year?
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of Acacia, black berries, black cherries and plums. Flavors or black berries, black cherries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold.
Garnet to ruby color and salmon to the edge with dense color that is barely translucent. The aromas are raspberry, cinnamon, cherry, flowers, light pepper, red licorice candy. The tastes are cherry, sweet spice, cinnamon, raspberry, sweet vanilla, and hints of earth. The finish was sweet and delicious and the tannins were dusty fine and ripe. Medium weight on the palate and the acidity was notable and good.
It had been about a week of wine abstinence, since the London blow out, and even that weekend was all Old World wines, so I thought the interval away mighty allow my palate some rest and perhaps be more open to New World Pinot. I last had a KB Pinot maybe ten years ago, and I was not impressed. It was of that extracted, un-elegant, powerhouse Pinot style and not for me. This '09, from David's cellar, was not as undrinkable as I would have thought. Maybe that week away from wine allowed my palate some greater tolerance to a style that I don't normally care for. Not that I really cared for this. It showed some black cherry fruit, not too much oak, but no depth at all. The flavor was all on the surface. A wine to drink and not think about too much . . . because there is little here to really contemplate. With David and Lindsey in Mamaroneck.
An absolutely awful wine (definitely one for the score chasers). Tastes more like a monolithic merlot than a pinot, no beauty, no grace, not subtle. Pinots should taste like pinots, not a mouthful of grapes.
wow. still amazing. so much fruit but perfect amount of acidity to cut through the sweet fruit. layers of fruit with a long finish. still very very good. will it age another 5 years and get better? doubtful - probably at its peak now and for the next year still.
Open for about 4 hours. This is showing really nicely. Dark cherry, raspberry, river stones, and a bit of spice on the finish. Seems much more complex than about 14 months ago, and not sure if that is because it has been open longer (not sure if it has) or if it was just a bit close down back then. This is ready to drink but has the structure to stick around int he cellar a while if you want it to.
Pop and pour and served without food. There is a good earthy, Pinot-funk to the nose, with hints of cloves. Crushed stones and red fruits but not overly sweet. Hint of cola. There is some tart cranberries to frame the wine and keep it balanced.
Classic KB with all we've come to expect. Last night popped and poured. The nose was amazing. Took little time to open all the way. The cherry cola complimented a rustic short rib dish and marrow bone appetizer at The Vine San Clemente. Superb wine to compliment a fabulous meal. Finished the bottle with a perfect chocolate soufflé.
True to style, drinking very well right now. Rather juicy and acidic upon opening, that shifted into well balanced. great finish. Nose has lots of cola that blows off after about 10 minutes. Popped and poured, no need to wait but no hurry either.
drank with Maria before heading to Fearing's in Dallas. Kosta Browne is my wife's favorite wine, and this bottle did not disappoint. A nose of raspberry and cherry, with hints of sage. Lush and full bodied, dark cherry, cola, mint swirl together and are supported by a touch of herb and graphite...tannins are firm but not obtrusive.
A very nice wine in a ripe fruit style. Would not say this is a Pinot Noir if tasting blind. Actually, reminded me of a modern Grenache wine from the South Rhone (Janasse style). It was a very good drink though.
SPECIAL NOTE - wine was exposed to excess heat that occured during a home fire and one of only two bottles saved. WS "Wine of the Year" hence why it was kept, to see if we got lucky. Notes reflect the fact that this bottle may have been effected by the fire.
PnP w/15 min glass time. Clear, med red/purple color, no bricking. (Luckily) the wine was still sound. Classic huge KB nose. Wonderful big fruit profile of red/black cherry, cola, raspberry. Super nice acid/balance, not overly extracted or ripe. The wine seemed to show no ill effect flavorwise but was fully mature and I would not hold long. Integration/balance on point with a long, fine, full finish. Have one bottle stored elsewhere so will compare. Nothing off and a wonderful effort by KB.
This is an excellent wine. I decanted for about 90 minutes, and it could probably benefited from a little more time. A lot of berries on the nose. There is a good amount of fruit on the palate with the classic big, velvety mouthfeel that makes these wines popular (IMHO). You definitely also get the hint of cola in the finish as well. The finish is on the longer side. You can enjoy this wine now with a decant and probably for the next 5 years.
Playground Fun (Playground - Santa Ana, CA): OK, now were talking. This is your typical KB profile; very dark color; fruit driven nose of berries; big, mouth full of creamy soft crushed berries and cherry. No shortage of flavor here. Chris really like this wine.
Dark ruby with medium viscosity in the glass. Nose of bing cherry, cola, cinnamon, citrus and strawberry. Medium body and balanced with tart red fruit, spice, cola and citrus. Showing well with good integration, power, finesse and a fine framework. Long finish. High-quality with an excellent hand.
While this Pinot has nice balance with sour cherry and strawberry notes, it doesn't have the intense depth I expected from Spectator's wine of the year. There is a distinctive cola flavor and a good fruit filled finish, but expected more from this.
Great mixture of red and black fruit aromas and flavors in a rich and seductive delivery. Very big and mouthfilling with great richness without being overbearing. Dark black plum, ripe cherry with an initial tinge of tartness. Big and explosive in the mouth. Further evolves and lets some more of the complexity and nuances come through to a long lasting finish.
Not sure i buy that this merits the Wine Spectator 2011 wine of the year....it is good, the color is lighter than I would expect for a KB. Good raspberry/ cherry favors, very California style, no mine reality at all...hint of oak/vanilla...still quite tannic...will wait a few years to see if it improves
Brought to New Year's Eve dinner by a friend. Pretty much a quick splash in the decanter than off it went to glasses around the table. Didn't take notes but this was impressive stuff. Explosive aromas of cherries, cola, vanilla bean, and caramel leapt from the glass. In fact, I lingered over the nose for several minutes before taking my first sip. Palate was equally impressive and followed the nose closely with cherry cola, caramel drenched in vanilla cream, and pronounced earthy undertones. Big, rich, full bodied yet well defined pinot that displays great purity and balance. Fabulous stuff. Thanks again John!
There is nothing bashful about this wine. Big fruit, big flavors. Not as much complexity as I would have thought given that this was WS WTOY. There was some acidity on the finish, but I wouldn't wait too much longer to drink if you plan on pairing this with food.
Beautiful wine. Plus given for it's aging potential. Full bodied and consistently evolving. Short decant. Bright garnet. Opened shyly with everything up front. Salt air and black cherry on the initial nose. Spicy cherry cola on the palate. Kept it's character as it opened and softened. Earth came to the front. Long smooth finish that continued to dance in the mouth and nose. Drinking wonderfully now and will only get better. Drink now or hold at least 3 more years.
Spectacular Full Flavored Pinot. Cola, Cherry, Great Nose. Only got a taste as I shared it with seven others. Glad to have another bottle. With wine like this, why consider the single vineyard varieties?
A great short vignet about Kosta Browne pinot. We had company over and one of the guests (who knows a bit about wine, so she said) complained that she had not found a pinot noir that she enjoyed. She felt pinot noirs were "all the same". So, after some reluctance about serving this glorious wine to her, my wife encouraged me into opening the wine. The "guest" was "blown away" with all this wine is, and has been written about in CT. She nows wants to buy a case...I thought "good luck with that. The wine was sensational ... filled with flavors and nuances. So, now she has identified a pinot noir she loves!
I throw around 95+ point scores like they were manhole covers, but this deserves it for my taste. KB never disappoints! I have never run into one of their Pinot Noirs in a dumb faze. Always ready to drink and always impressive. My testing notes would be consistent with my note from May 2012.
Dark garnet color. Absolutely incredible nose of dark cherries, a hint of cola and a touch of spice. Softer tannins and rich, elegant finish. I don't know how much better California Pinot can get than this. Wonderful wine that has many excellent years ahead of it.
Wow, it showed beautifully! MUCH better than the half-bottle we drank in September 2011. Decanted about an hour before drinking. Deep purple colour. Luscious, intense, fruity up front but with lots of spice and complexity in the finish. Dense and powerful.
Jesse brought a bottle of KB to our dinner at Brooklyn Girl. I don't remember the last time I've enjoyed a bottle of Pinot Noir as this one. It re-kindle my interest for Pinot, but the Pinot standard with this wine is now very high. An absolute treat to be had beautiful aromatics, light medium body with fresh petals, red fruit and a slight minerality to make it more interesting. Truly seductive.
Dark purple. Black cherry, dark plum, cola, soy sauce and a little vanilla. Very extracted. This was nice, dark and rich. Kind of like dessert. I didn't feel like having seconds or finishing my glass, but it's nice enough. A big ol' Pinot port. For those who like Kosta Browne, this is one of their better efforts though definitely not worth paying three to four times release price. Maybe just pay release. Or not. There is an ocean of juice.
WOW!!! Killer juice! This one was hypnotic right from the start. All I wanted to do was swirl and sniff. Then when the wine hit the pallette, there was a circus of wonderful fruit and hints of spice and vanilla with just enough acidity to tie it all together.It definitely has nice complexity. My wife, I and our server were equally blown away by this wine.
I kind of wonder about those who give this a 95+ rating. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it's not close to 95 at all, and definitely not over. The cork was pulled with a bright red stain on the cork, less than 1mm of cork stain on the sides. The wine was passed through a Vinturi into a decanter and sat for about 30 to 45 minutes. Shaken vigorously about every 10 minutes. The nose initially was quite locked up out of the bottle. I was getting some muted cherry spice and maybe a bit of licorice? Couldn't tell. So as it sat in the decanter, about 30 minutes later and wham! Cherries and spice that stung the nostrils. The wine was poured into the glass - heavier than a normal pinot with almost a chocolate color. Rather thick meniscus. On the palate, the wine had a red cherry liqueur that dominated. I couldn't detect a second layer initially but later on the wine was also developing some red licorice up front as well. As the wine slid to the mid-palate, a vanilla and cinnamon spice started to very subtly kick in with a very noticeable black pepper spice that developed as the wine opened. The black pepper replaced the vanilla and cinnamon. The wine had a nice finish that lingered with a whole wheat supreme deep dish pizza from our local pizzeria, but was rather blah by itself. Finished with a little heat, not as elegant. No oak barrel detected. Very subtle tannins throughout. All in all, the wine wasn't bad, but I've had better. 2009 Sojourn Cellars Gap's Crown Pinot Noir comes to mind, available through Daniel Dawson at BackRoomWines.com for a fraction of what you'll pay for a replacement bottle of Kosta Browne as it is much more complex, better balanced, finishes stronger, and can either complement food or stand on its own.
Cherries dominate, with some leather and spice. Nice length and purity of fruit on the finish. I am surprised how well this is already drinking. Elegance and finesse come to mind. I usually cellar my Kosta Browne wines longer. Paired beautifully with barbequed beer can chicken. A very easy drinking wine that could also easily be enjoyed without food.
Dark ruby with a subtle ripe red fruit nose. No decant. Black cherries and black berries with highlights of sweet red cherries, raspberries, subtle vanilla with some black pepper and earth. Excellent balance with slight acidity and a mature tannic structure. Smooth. Medium finish.
Kosta Browne Friday at Home: Red and blue fruit framed in a fair amount of oak with some earth and spice. The finish was abit clipped tonight, but, as usual, another very enjoyable bottle of Kosta Browne.
There is a very good reason why this wine was voted "Wine of the Year" for 2011 by Wine Spectator. Great burst of deep, dark red fruit combined with lots of earth. Nice hints of spice and lavender. Decanted about 1 hour. Outstanding.
An amazing meal (Rhys, SQN, KB, Margaux, Angelus, Ducru, Kalin): This was the WSWOTY. Slow-oxed for four hours. Despite the air, it cam out huge and candied. While this did subside in the glass, it never really lost that "Pinot-Syrah" quality. That is, more black raspberries and dark chocolate covered cherries than a cherry profile. There is a good amount of oak. I should say that many at the table preferred this style and it certainly seems well crafted. For my tastes, it was a bit too big and not as earthy as a Syrah. It dominated my food a bit. It did, however, make a fun drink that I could enjoy and as I said, others really liked it.
I enjoyed the Sonoma Coast pinot noir much more than the Russian River Kosta Browne. This is elegant. Lovely bright fruit and spices on the nose. I noticed the earthy notes develop the longer it sat in the glass. Smooth palate and finish. This is one of the best California pinot noirs I've had. Popped and poured.
Pinots at The Twelves (The Twelves Restaurant, West Grove, PA): Popped and poured. Pretty, delicate but full nose. Smells nice. Red fruits, strawberries, cherries. This was more elegant that I expected. Soft. As it opened the fruits turned a little darker, a little vanilla started to show. This lived up to expectations and the hype though I liked it better when first opened.
End of 2011 and what better way to ring it in by drinking the WS wine of the year. Dark color, medium body, solid fruit, great velvety mouth feel, smooth finish. The fruit in this bottle was a little muted compared to the bottle we opened in August. I would give this more time in the bottle to better develop the fruit integration.
Interesting potential but not fully mature. Lively fruit (strawberries and dark cherries) but not as integrated or complex as it could be with another year or so of bottle development. The WS 2011 wine of the year awared seems more for the producers than the wine itself.
Dark ruby color; big, deep sweet dark red fruit nose. Sweet red cherry highlights in a pool of black cherry and blackberry flavors, black currants, black pepper spice, slight cola and earth. Great balance, minor tannins, not as layered and nuanced as it will be in 2013 and after. Long finish.
The typical K-B characteristics but not yet in synch. The fruit is big and all there yet I didn't tasted the harmony of flavors that I've enjoyed with more mature Kosta Browne pinots. The cherry, strawberry fruits were most pronounced but the lack of clarity makes me think this one needs more time before it will be ready for my palate.
I'm stunned by how this has developed since April when I last tasted it. Back then, it gave the impression of a big fruit bomb, well-behaved but a fruit bomb nevertheless. Fast-fwd 8 months, and this is a completely different wine. While tonight's version isn't shy, it is orders of magnitude more nuanced. On the nose sweet pinot fruit with just a hint of understated cola. On the palate, probably the best "full bodied" pinot I've had. No sour, no funk. A sense of balance with an uplifting touch of acidity that doesn't distract. Long, long finish with very fine tannins that are pretty much under wraps compared to everything else going on. I just boxed up the rest of these to send offsite. I may have to reconsider, as these are so seductive and pleasurable now. I continue to think this is a near to mid-term drinker.
For sure, the best bottle of pinot noir from california that I have ever had. Whether the WS score or subsequent accolades are deserved is a question for someone else. The wine had a great mouthfeel with no rough edges. And to find it for less than retail (post WS top 100 cost) on the winelist at Marea was a complete surprise. Ready to drink now, or hold for a little while
I don't usualy give a score, but this was fantastic. Nothing more for me to add that has not been stated below. I think I will keep the rest rather than selling them on Winebid, even with the price increase thanks the WS WOTY award.
Disappointed. To be fair, I am not a Pinot lover. Too sweet. No complexity whatsoever. If I am going to drink an American pinot in this price range, I much prefer a Cobb or Failla. It confounds me that this is the WS wine of the year. It is not a top 10 bottle I have consumed this year, probably not even top 25.
Amazed to find WS WOTY on Michael's Genuine list, let alone at a reasonable $125. Very, very good, but ? WOTY Status! Interesting because John Hilliard of Hilliard-Bruce rightfully declared his 08 Moon = or better than Kosta Browne.
Full of bright, sweet cherries and brambly berried fruit with a faint spicy accent; rich but well balanced with the alcohol well hidden and surprising acidity that keeps it remarkably light on its feet for such a big wine. Very nice.
Immensely aromatic. Big and full bodied. Strawberries and an uplifting, energetic lift of bitter/tart cherry and raspberry fruit. Really well put together. The alcohol was a bit of a detractor for me. The finish had some heat and was slightly off balance. Maybe time will resolve. Overall outstanding pinot nevertheless. 91-93
14.5% alcohol. Very typical of this bottling. Dark cherry color. Pretty, youthful nose of blackberry, black cherry, earth, and prominent spice. In the mouth, finely textured and well balanced, with big, primary fruit jumping across your palate, but it is balanced by more complexity than I remember in the past. A terrific wine that is less open and forward this young than past vintages have been. It's more reminiscent of the 2006 in that regard. Better in a couple years, but certainly excellent. A-
Consumed over 2 days, note from day 2. Nose: Medium-plus expressiveness, raspberry, black cherry, tea, cinnamon, and cola. Palate: Great balance and mouth-feel, raspberry tea flavors, rich red and black fruit flavors up front that grow in intensity through the mid-palate, some tannic grip in the back-end, but still enough flavorful fruit and spices left to dominate a lengthy, enjoyable finish.
Birthday Week; 10/9/2011-10/16/2011 (Galveston, TX): Popped and poured. Very nice nose of black cherry, cola, spice, and mushroom. On the palate, sour cherry, black cherry, spice, black tea, mushroom, vanilla. Finishes with great balance but a slight bitter edge. More restrained than the typical full throttle KB style. Should be something special when it has a little more time to integrate.
I was a little bit disappointed with this given the hype and lofty ratings.. Color and clarity were beautiful as you would expect for a top Pinot. The nose was pretty light, nothing special at all. Nice fruit but again, just a bit thin, and not as long on the finish to earn it's rep. We had a number of better California Pinot's at half the price on the nights before. The wine woke up a lot with food but overall not enough to be impressive given the price tag. It's a village wine I think.
A beautiful nose of cherry, raspberry, pomagranite, cola and a touch of anise. I find the palate to be full force fruit, yet supple and smooth. Long finish that lingers for a good 30-45 seconds. A touch of rawhide on the finish along with gripping mouth drying tannins. The alcohol is well integrated. The best powerful Cali Pinot I've had. Not my favorite style, but recognition must be given to the winemaker.
Decanted for 3 hours. Nose of smoked meats with fresh, ripe wild berry. Hot apple pie with layers of cinnamon, with long, peppery finish. Super concentrated. One volumptuous pinot, that's smoking! Drink now or lay down for 5 years.
- Aromas of mushroom and has flavours of raspberry - Honeysuckle, cherry cola flavors paired well with the pork loin roast and sausage, the the duck and fig and deep-fried trotters at Camino restaurant in Oakland.
Stop all the bickering. I decanter through a venturi and let sit for an hour and a half. This is Pinot at its best. I am DuMol fan at heart and always love KB when I can get hands on it. Received my first allocation this year. Well worth the wait. Caramel Apple with hints of cherry and herbs on the nose which lets loose to black cherry, boysenberry, sage, and white pepper. A true treat.
Sweet cherry pie on the nose. Light cassis as well. On the palate, deep red cherry and intense blackberry/boysenberry with a creamy, silky finish. Nice long finish that melts into a pleasing earthiness.
2 bottles in a week with consistent notes. Great fruit and smooth palate. Had side by side with a 2002 Marcassin Sonoma Coast and was equal if not better. Can't think of a better Cali Pinot besides Donum.
Garnet to perhaps dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of berries and cherries. Flavors of candied berries and cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink now with some air or hold two years and then drink over the next 3-5 years.
Tasted blind. I wasn't even close on this one. I thought it was much more earthy than most of the other tasters, and I was thinking Oregon... Craig nailed it though... Producer, Appellation, and Vintage. Once it was revealed, I went back to taste it and it did seem more candied than I had thought earlier. I think that while we were tasting this wine blind that I didn't get my glass emptied of the 1990 Burgundy before the KB went in... This was nice, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the DDO Louise that we were tasting this next to...
I just don't get the reviews posted so far for the 2009 KB Sonoma Coast. This vintage is a definite departure for KB. It seems to be in a completlely closed phase (and this is after letting it settle for a couple of months after shipping). No real nose or aromatics to speak of. Flat, slightly tannic on the palate, but CLOSED. It's just not exhibiting anything, which is highly unusual for these wines. Usually, you get a nice nose of fruit from these wines upon opening, even when young. After 2.5 hours open in a decanter, there's still no nose, but some fruit is starting to express itself ... faint strawberry followed by plum , then it shuts down ... the tannins are quite smooth, which gives the impression of signature "creaminess" of KB's blended wines. I'm giving this wine an 88pt score for now. I recently opened a 2009 Sojourn Sangaicomo and was stunned at its beauty and approachability. For my money, Sojourn is really starting to kick ass and their single vineyard wines are in the same price range (actually a little less expensive) than the KB blends. I'm just not sure that there's enough stuffing in the KB to ever develop into a seriously good wine. I've had a lot of KB wines over the years (blends and single vineyard) and this 2009 blend is disappointing for now. Will check another bottle in six to nine months to see if anything is developing. For the record, another one of my favorite pinots - the Kanzler Vineyard Pinot - well, their 2009 vintage is pretty shut down now as well - buy you do get the nice Kanzler earthiness that has become Steve Kanzler's signature. I dont know what to make of the fact that the 2009 Sojourn Sangiacomo is mind-blowingly delicious right now, while 2009 KB and Kanzler are so shut down. That's what makes wines so interesting, I suppose.
Pop and pour. Excellent, smooth texture. Lots of black cherry and spice notes throughout this wine and I detect a bit of a milk chocolate note towards the finish. However, it does seem to come across as perhaps a middleweight CA Pinot Noir instead of being the being the big bruising heavyweight that we've seen in the past which is actually quite appealing to me. Seems to be built for enjoying young but still could use an hour or two in the decanter.
Obviously early to open this, but since it was my first ever order, i wanted to sense of the wine. decanted for a few hours, developed earthy, mushroom aromatics with fruit, loads of red fruit on the palate, nice gripping tannins, definitely Cali fruit but more restrained and elegant. Alcohol was a little noticeable. Look forward to how this develops in a few years.
Popped and poured. Striking ruby. This is gorgeously pure Pinot Noir, driven by strawberry, cherry, roasted coffee and damp earth notes. Not particularly concentrated, but long and powerful. Awesome stuff. 93.
Decanted about 5 hours. Loads of cherry cola on the nose, with a back drop of pepper, forest floor, and a tiny bit of raspberry at the end. The flavor profile is much like the nose. The acid could be a touch higher, and there was a little heat on the finish. It was still good, though.
A very dark and dense pour with fresh purple around the rim. Superb aromatics, a display of toasted pistachio, plum, aged balsamic, carrot cake, winter spices, red berries, and a pinch of mint. Medium full body with mild acidity and noticeable alcohol. Very lush and soft on the tongue exposing it's cranberry-pomegranate-dried plum and apricot underbelly. This is wildly aromatic. Flavor may match with some time in the holding cell. Great wine none the less. Update: after it opens up the alcohol dissipates and the acidity is more noticeable. Killer wine!
I usually hold these a while but the reviews on Cellar Tracker were too good not to try early. Tastes of dark fruit in the KB way. Not light and fruity like the Oregon Pinot's which I don't like. This wine can hold its own with any hearty red.
I would rate the 2009 Kosta Browne SC as an outstanding wine and with good value based on the club price. The wine was rated very well by all who drank it. It was smooth and did not have to decant long. Another hit by KB wine makers, supporting its cult wine following.
Drank with an 09 Testarossa Graham Family. Surprisingly, both drank very well. The Grahman was very similar in structure to Ed's August West. Much bigger than the KB. The KB was much more elegant and a shelf above the Testarossa. No heat on the KB but a tad subdued due to its youth. Decanted for about an hour.
After 30 minutes of air - Big, rich vanilla cola bomb on the nose. On the palate, more cola fruit against an oak backdrop. Slight bit of heat on the palate, but not so much to be distracting or a fault (I might not have noticed if it wasn't for a 2002 Fernand Lécheneaut Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers also opened). Surprisingly easy to drink now, but my sense is that while all the pieces are there today, this will improve with a couple of years. That said, it doesn't seem to have the structure for long-term aging. But suppose it could be there, hiding behind all that fruit. Drink 2011 - 2015.
Opened for 2 hours prior to drinking. Even after the 2 hours there was still some alcohol on the nose that eventually gave way in the glass to ripe cherry and some earthy tones. Nice rich mouthfeel with well balanced tannins. A hint of smoky bacon hidden below ripe red fruit. Nice finish, but this one should probably sit in the bottle for another year or two at least. I expect my rating to increase dramatically when I come back at that point.
Half hour decant. Wanted to try this as I been on the waiting list 3 years. From the start this is my kind of Pinot. The cherry, cola and vanilla spice notes leap from the glass and follow through in the finish.This is big/ rich and delivers what I like in a Pinot. Its going to be hard to let the others sit for a few years.
Once again, Kosta Browne comes through with a stunner. This is not your delicate flower Pinot that decided it would be a a ski bum in Mount Hood, Oregon...this one makes no apologies about being a big, bold, in your face California Pinot. On the nose, it's rose petals smashed into a queen-size bed of dark chocolate, with a hint of marshmallow and spice. The palate is stemmy - good tree bark stemmy - with a wash of rose petals, mocha and dried cherry. Okay, so that was a little dramatic on the description, but, at least take this away - if you have not had Kosta Browne Pinot Noir before, I'm not sure I want to hear from you until you have.
Anyway I have been drinking KB Pinot since 2003 when they were available retail in Connecticut at $28.99 (no shipping!) and have had all their vintages except the acclaimed 2004 when I was not on their mailing list. Each year as others do I try to decide are they still worth it? Well I received the 2009 allocation and as usual I start with the Sonoma bottling as I find the RRV needs more time. Decanted this for an hour and have great news to report: "the Heat is gone". As those of us who taste the KB wines often note the alcohol can dominate, especially when the wine warms up but I think Messrs. Kosta and Browne have tamed the heat in the 2009 vintage and crafted a beautifully balanced wine. A nice translucent purple color from the decanter the nose was a pronounced raspberry compote with vanilla overtones. The oak was very well integrated and there was sweet fruit and a long lingering finish. What I found about this vintage was a very balanced wine that I find very encouraging. I have found at times that some vintages '06 comes to mind these wines can be a challenge but everything seems to have come together nicely in 2009. Excellent!
This bottle was stylistically very similar to the Sojourn Cellars. Also a big Cali styled PN with loads of forward, red and dark fruit, cola notes, spice, some earth and white pepper on the finish but this was just abit more reserved than the Sojourn. Quite nice.