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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hitting on all cylindars. Starting to show some lightly stewed qualities in a good way. Star Anise present. Should last at least another 3 years at this plateau. Finish goes on and on. Some orange peel notes. Beautiful.
This is a big intense Pinot, however, I was expecting that and chose this bottle to take to the Silverado Steak House in LV. It went well with the steaks and French Onion soup. Cherries, cola, and some pine. A little bigger than the typical pinot I strive for but pretty darn delicious especially with red meat.
Typically prefer the Sonoma pinot, however this bottle I found insanely good. Rich, smooth, tons of fruit with enough acid to hold at all together beautifully. Decanted a couple hours and it opened further throughout the meal. Everything you'd expect from a great KB. This is the Mae West of Pinots. "Too much of a good thing is wonderful".
14.6% alcohol. Full throttled, powerful, concentrated, lush, and replete with black cherry, red berry preserves, brown spices, cola, and a tinge of heat. Undoubtedly tasty and fun to drink, but just too massive and over the top for my palate to warrant an even higher score.
Medium dark, ripe, intense Pinot. Loads of sweet cherry fruit on the nose. Intense, sweet, black cherry fruit on the palate, Full bodied and ripe for a Pinot, nice acidity, some cola on the finish. Overall a very tasty wine.
Out sailing: good pure raspberry, ripe CA cherry notes, cherry cola, well balanced, somewhat nuanced, smooth, with lifting acidity, and not over the top alc. Very solid, good CA Pinot, and more balanced than previous bottlings.
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
Drank over two weeks ago so no real notes to speak of. I do remember enjoying this wine quite a bit, not surprising. My thoughts are fairly consistent with previous notes. Very fruit foward, even with a few years in the bottle. Wonderful wine, but at the price point, there are better options.
A little more complex than many Kosta Browne Pinots, with flavors of dried fruit, cinnamon, chocolate and a touch of cherries. Then, there's the major trait of a Kosta Browne...the fruit bomb! Luscious bottle of wine. Was smart enough to aerate and decant an hour and a half prior to drinking. Absolutely enough zest to compliment grilled rib eye.
Nose of cherry, strawberry, chocolate and spice. This is a BIG pinot. Tastes of cherry, cola, with a touch of nutmeg. A delicious pinot, but not quite what I'm used to. This is more of a brute-force wine as opposed to being nuanced. It's delicious, nonetheless. Full, slightly tannic finish.
Cousin's Night 3 Pinots and a Merlot (Our house Wethersfield CT): Well maybe it was the lack of a decant but this did not have the magic of the 2007 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Pinot that preceded it. A bit more oaky but was enjoyed by all none the less. The color was noticeably darker and hard to see though but I have been noticing a bit more restraint in the KB wines lately.
Great example of a RR P/N. Just enough age to see the flavors mingled together properly. Nice medium body, dark color, dark fruit on the nose, and a very balanced profile for the palette. Very reasonable finish.
Very nice wine. We opened it and used our Vinturi before drinking with a delightful Chinese meal. The nose of bright, strawberry fruit was very pleasing, and the palate of rich fruit and some spice was wonderful. I wish I had more of these.
Believe my key learning with Kosta Browne Pinot's is to be patient with these wines and let them age. Like six months ago, this Russian River Pinot is even more expressive with intense cherry/strawberry fruit. Time has created more layers and a longer finish creating one of the biggest Pinot Noir's you will taste from an American made wine.
Popped and poured, consumed over 4 hours. Nose: Medium expressiveness, cherry, rock candy, black dirt, and hints of cola. Palate: Medium-full bodied, sweet dark fruit attack, spice and acid balance out the mid-palate, cola makes an appearance in the backend, strong flavor density from front to back, just a little grippy in the backend. Finish: Medium-plus length dominated by spicy dark fruit.
Likely to be in its prime drinking window now. Big as you'd expect. Delicious, but being beastly it lacks precision. Flabby. But tasty. Sweet and somewhat candied but not cloying. A little hot, and some acid on the back end. Dark and extracted. I understand comparisons to (or conspiracy theories regarding) syrah. Held up well overnight (this note is from day 2). I'll continue buying KB when it's available to me, but a couple or three bottles/year is enough as I don't need a wine like this on a regular basis.
Best bottle yet. Soft rose petal texture with a rich RRV backbone to frame it all. The nose and the finish seemed in harmony as they matched up. Their reputation as a top pinot producer shined today. Bravo!
Wanted to try a big pinot with a hint of sweetness to pair with a fairly bold chili, and this bottle did nicely. Aromatic with forest floor resins on the nose. Rich on the palate, but if anything more balanced than I was expecting with a good dose of acidity. Did not impress me as a "bomb". I enjoyed this more than I anticipated, and have a twinge of regret for my decision to drop off the mailing list.
Clear, bright color; dark for a Pinot. Nose of ripe cherries that carried thru to the taste. Pure and cleam taste dominated by cherries. Unmistakably a Cali Pinot, lacking the depth, earthiness and richness of a Burg.
Put me in the dissenters camp. I can see the appeal but my tastes have just moved too far from this style. Ripe, big, brown sugar, soft. Ann on the other hand loved it. I checked the website to see what the percentage of syrah might be, or if there is any, but it doesn't say anything about other varieties. It also doesn't say 100% Pinot on the fact sheet. Anyone have any insight? I'd sell my remaining KB but I'm afraid Ann would not be happy.
Pretty much a pop and pour. This wine was really on point tonight. It's weird with Kosta Browne. Seems like I either like one appellation wine or the other in each vintage but I have now had both from 2009 and they are both very good. This had a nice nose of rose, brown sugar, cherry and cola that really jumped out of the glass. On the palate got some nice flavors of sarsaparilla, cherry, raspberry and a touch of earth. Had a very nice finish of at least 25+ seconds. Kosta Brown has dialed down the wines in recent years but have managed to keep them consistent with the style.
Decanted 4 hours before tasting. A solid, serviceable pinot in the expected cherry, cola style. Round and supple, but seems to lack the vibrancy of better bottlings like the Sonoma Coast of this vintage.
Wonderfull dark blood red in the glass. Very efusive, great red berry fruit, spiced compote, with some secondary notes of cherry blossom. Such a velvety mouthfeel, with cherry/berry goodness, hints of vanilla, and carmel. While this is an over the top, desert in a glass Pinot not suitable for most meals, it excels on it's own. You can really sip and enjoy each taste, and there are very few that offer this level of balance for the alcohol level. Brillant stuff. Maybe not for all palates.
A great pinot for those who love syrah or a GSM blend. Cannot understand the hype for this wine, especially compared to the 2009 SC. Overextracted, hot, stemmy, and just too over-the-top for my taste. Will save the last couple of bottles for 2017+ just to see if they calm down. But as is, this tastes not like a pinot.
Maybe because we were in a great NYC restaurant or perhaps we decanted the wine for over an hour, but besides the terrific strawberry/cherry blend of juicy red fruit, this wine had much more expression and depth than the last bottle three months ago. Silky smooth with tannins seamlessly integrated into the fruit, this started to taste more like a world class Pinot Noir you expect from Kota Browne.
Ruby trending toward purple color. Very nice mouth feel, succulent without being cloying. Black cherry and blackberry fruit, chocolate, caramel, and a bit of licorice. Moderate finish with a good hint of its oak barrel adolescence. For CA, this is restrained. Works as either cocktail or food wine. A-
Perhaps my expectations for Kosta Browne is sky high, but found this Russian River Pinot very good, but not amazing like most of their wines. While there are sharp cherry and strawberry fruit notes with a nice spicy finish, the wine lacks the usual depth, focus and complexity Kosta Browne usually produces across all their wines
Very enjoyable. Nice nose of raspberry and spice. The mouth feel is still the best part of this wine. The second night was even better than the first. This wine has some life left. I will wait another 18 - 24 months before I drink the second bottle.
Very smooth - not nearly as bold as most KB's and this was fully opened after only 30 mins in the decanter. Doesn't have as many of the nuanced flavors as I expected this time, but still quite enjoyavble!
Opened not decanted. Pretty nose of caramel, licorice and dark rich berries. Strong attack of fresh, sharp citrus with a high level of heat; light to medium weight in body; spice and dark roasted tastes; ends with a drying dark cherry finish. Good +
This wine evolved beautifully and had the capability to lay down much longer. Delicious red and dark fruit on a ripe but structured frame. Rich and hedonistic on the palate with dark, ripe plum, black cherry and a mouthfilling delivery. Awesome bottle!
Cherry, floral, with a subtle hint of spice. Fruit is delicious and perfectly restrained, adding a layer of complexity to the flavors. Medium body, great balance, and a finish that leaves you wanting more. Was great with Christmas eve dinner and friends.
Huge for a Pinot. Closer to a cab in terms of expressiveness up front and the big fruit and flavor. Could use a couple more years to settle and balance out but it's still a pretty amazing Pinot with a lot of great oak in there.
I enjoyed this wine a little bit more this time around (compared to when I drank my last bottle over a year ago). The sweetness has mellowed. Notes of dark fruit, earth and spice on the nose. Palate is smooth. Fruit and spice is showing on the palate and through to a lingering finish. This is still a big, in your face, pinot, but I think it has come into a nice balance.
a big pinot that is much too young to be opening. nevertheless, dark chocolate and black licorice were clear on the palate after several hours in the decanter. I would not open this again for at least a couple of years.
I just love this stuff. Drank blind but recognized it as KB on the first sip. Ripe cherry and red berries (including strawberries and raspberries) and a nice oak treatment that mixes spice with a hint of violet flavor on the midpalate. A long finish. Sufficiently acidic, not much tannin.
Enjoyed with the Farewell to Foie Gras menu at Firehouse. Decanted 3 hours. Still real young. Deep clear ruby to the eye. Big fruit nose of raspberry, cherry, strawberry and blackberry with an earth undertone. Fruit continues on the palate with raspberry, bright cherry, strawberry and pomegranate coming to the front and mid palate. Higher ABV shows. Minerals on the medium plus finish. At this point it is a BIG Pinot. This needs several more years to settle down and come together. Possible increase in rating at that time. Next bottle will be in 5 years.
Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of underbrush, black berries and black cherries. Flavors of black berries, black cherries and a hint of black raspberries. Medium to bright acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.
My WOTN for Pig and Pinot night last week. Still pretty young, but had a 6 hour decant on it when we got to it. Primary fruit flavors still pretty dominant, with smooth, light tannins and a slight edge of minerals in the finish.
Nose of strawberry, black cherry, some floral aromas and a hint of clove. Somewhat dense and mouth coating on the palate but with nice complexity and finish. I liked this but Burgundy fans may find this too much.
I'll try to wait a year or two for my last bottle. This is just a little too big and simple right now for my tastes. Loads of fruit and vanilla and a little alc poking through. I prefer the Sonoma coast bottling.
This was a bruiser. In your face fruit and very rich. Fortunately, we paired with baby back ribs that were equally big on the flavor front. IMHO not worth the high tarrif. You can find this style of wine for half the price.
Very nice at dinner tonight. Wasnt decanted but opened up nicely. I will say the nose was not nearly as good at home (thank god for the MA law that lets you bring home wine resealed) as it was in the restaurant. Nice caramel initially. Went well with both a steak and halibut.
As I've had enough, though not loads, of Kosta Browne (a little short of a dozen) I knew what to expect. Big fruit. Loads of heat. Expressive aromatics. Mostly raisin, black plum, blackberries, cranberry, violets, rose, ground cinnamon, soy sauce and cola. And, though some may argue, a sense of place. ... Which is why I paired this with burgers. My version! Burgers had ground round, ground chuck, ground cumin, garlic powder, finely diced red onion, finely diced fresh garlic, ground black pepper, worcestershire, soy sauce, parmesan cheese, stirred-in egg yolk, salt and two day old Grimaldi Barolo. Put that burger on plain ol' Mustard, killer artisan american cheese, lettuce, tomato and a lightly toasted bun and it works with KB's 09 RRV. Killer pairing, really. The Parmesan cheese and earthy cumin worked very well with the exuberant berry medley of Kosta Browne. Chill to mellow the heat. This really needs it.
Normally I'm more of a fan of the sonoma coast bottlings, but this was tremendous for me. Decanted and began drinking immediately, but it really didn't need it. I wasn't sure if the '09s were ready to go, but this one is for sure.
- Violet color with medium forming legs and has flavours of blackberry - Tight and disappointing to start. Over an hour opened to a nose of bubblegum. After 2 hours this wine was rolling and living up to the hype. Definitely not your typical Pinot but in line w KB's vision of a Pinot can be.
Rich and full with lots of dark fruit. Lacks the balance and complexity of the Sonoma Coast but still very nice. Good almost immediately upon open, unlike the Gary's, which we drank side-by-side and which was inferior in the first 30 minutes and far superior after 2 hours.
Holy palate shift Batman! While I can recognize the skill that went into this, I can say that maybe these wines just aren't my style anymore. Nose of black cherry, cola, spice, vanilla, hints of strawberry and raspberry. On the palate, cherry cola, ripe red raspberry, spice, vanilla. Finishes very long with nice acidity but very little grip. Well made, great wine, just not my style anymore.
Still young but this has aged noticeably since July 2011. Nice vibrant red fruit with hints of chocolate and spice. Not quite up to the Sonoma Coast but an excellent Pinot from KB> Very Tasty. Decanted about 30 minutes.
Soft, smooth, elegant black cherry/raspberry fruit with chocolate, cola, and earthy flavors, maybe a touch of leather, not over-extracted, very well balanced with excellent structure, notable viscosity, decent finish
Much smoother and earthier than I was expecting (from a Kosta Browne). Silky, smooth mouth feel. Still a tad high in alcohol (label says 14.6%), although not in a too obnoxious way, but it is one of the underlying threads nevertheless. After 45 minutes, the alcohol heat faded away, but so did the flavor, and the wine went flat. My guess is this will be drinking best in 6 months as a pop and pour.
Decanted 1 hour, consumed over 4 hours. Nose: Expressive scents of black cherry, raspberry, cola, and Asian spice. Palate: Full bodied for pinot, creamy mouth-feel, dark fruit and spice up front with spices turning up the volume through the mid-palate, displaying just a little harsh edge on the back-end. Finish: Lengthy sense of of cherry and spice with just a hint of cola.
Is there a more polarizing producer of domestic Pinot Noir? I don't think there is. In the glass it's dark garnet but you can see through it. On the nose I get ripe red raspberries, strawberries, and leather. It evolves quite rapidly after opening and reveals a different facet every 20 minutes or so. Some orange peel. On the palate some acidity becomes apparent along with a touch of supporting tannic structure. The flavor profile is driven by fruit which aligned with the aromatics.
I had this wine at the Wine Spectator Boston event this past year and even alongside the $1,000+/bottle wines being poured there it was a favorite.
What really differentiates these wines for me (aside from their flavor profile that I enjoy so much) is their velvety mouthfeel. Look for it the next time you try a Kosta Browne Pinot. Classic California Pinot Noir.
2-hour decant. Deep dark red-violet in the glass. Highly aromatic nose of fruit, smoke, spice, freshly turned earth. In the mouth: Big and luscious California Pinot, round and substantial in the mouth with lots of dark and red fruit, exotic spices, earth, campfire, forest pine, and a bit of flowers. Good acidity and velvety, refined tannins stand up to the big fruit here, putting everything in very nice balance. Evolves nicely the longer it lingers in the glass with flavors coming and going.
Believe the hype....the 09's are really good. Perfect balance and not over extracted. Very long finish with fruit and spice in perfect harmony. A boquet that can be smelled across the room. Served with spice encrusted duck breast and braised endives.
Opened not decanted. Ready to drink, but also showing very young. Dark cherry, black cherry notes; light to medium body weight; a trifle harsh on the finish which will smooth out with age. Still Very Good.
wow. for just the RRV non single vineyard designate, the perfume and nose alone is worth a high score. really amazing aromatics for a young wine. drank it the night after having a Roar Rosella's. Darker, more intense fruit and longer finish. Both are great pinots but this one nudges the roar by a hair IMHO.
Upside potential. Traditional KB RR profile, a medium to heavy weight, but balanced, touch of alcohol showing, black cherries, kirsch, red cherries, red plums, and spice all rounded up nicely in a rich, mouthfilling package. Some tannins are showing and hide the fruit a bit, but this should round out nicely in another year or two and drink just beautifully.
I favor drinking a lot of Cab Sauvignon and Pinot Noir wines. I have rarely tasted as fine a red wine as the KB Russian River Pinot. The smell of it gets me, and the taste is just as silky smooth as anything I have ever tasted. The folks at KB, Shane (wine maker) et al, make a great tasting wine. Better than the '08 vintage.
First bottle of the night. I like to try these early but felt like a rating isn't warranted. Opening the bottle, it was easy to see this was too young and not really ready. After a few hours, flavors of cherry and leather helped settle this down. Definitely a KB Pinot but this has a way to go.
Thought this was pretty sweet in the typical KB fashion. Perhaps not as over the top as previous vintages but was drinking well for it's youth. Still had that trademarked KB spice nose to it follwoed with nice dark red fruit with a nice lift at the finish.
Decanted and served with food; followed over a four hour period. This appears a new style for KB; it is not as packed with sweet fruit as prior vintages. There is a good spice component along with some forest notes and a tangy citrus zing. Wonderful raspberry fruit with a sprinkling of lemon juice.
Decanted about 4 hours. Lots of asian spice and dark red fruit on the nose. This is followed by hints of forest floor and a touch of cola. Very spicy on the palate, with good acidity. There's sour cherry and raspberry on the mid-palate, and a earthy cola finish.
Pop and pour. Lots of dark red cherries and spice. This was my first KB RRV and I think it is a little more subdued than the SC version, but still very good. These are the only Pinots that I get that spice element that other people have noted. Love these and woul be happy if this was the only Pinot in my cellar.
Impressive for big fruit pinot noir. Initial nose of cotton candy (was a bit shocking) which faded to blueberries, bright cherry and baking spices (allspice especially). Over time, we definitely noticed pomegranite on the nose. Smooth palate of bright fruits with spices. Nice finish with of strawberry and some vanilla. It kind of reminded me of dessert (??).
Pop and pour. I know that KB wines can generate quite the controversy among CA Pinot lovers but this is simply awesome. Probably the best young KB RRV that I've had. Black cherry, spice and pine on the nose and a really nice, almost sweet but not too ripe fruit profile on the palate that oozes layers of awesomeness right through to the finish. Delicious.
Decanted for hours. This is one dark Pinot. Strong aromatics at play here. Toasted oak is right upfront then the cola and mocha set in as the blackberry jam picks up the rear. Medium full body with balanced acidity. This has a defined chewy texture with flavors of cranberry preserve, cola gummy bears, blackberry, plum, and I'm picking up a bit of tobacco. The finish lingers a while. An intense wine.
Michael's legendary Russian River Pinot Noir shines in this top notch and well made wine. Glossy, racy red in color with perfumed cherry and forest floor. This youngster is muscular, with gripping structure but still manages to pump out pure fruit flavors and maintain fine balance. Lavish spicy plum, raspberry and huckleberry dance on a background of sassafras with a delicate beam of grated nutmeg. Zooms into a opulent, refined finish highlighted by chewy red licorice. Magnificent now, and will be a great wine for many years to come. Wine Spectator Grand Tasting - Las Vegas.
12:30 Upon decant the nose shows bright red fruit with cola, forest floor and finishes with a touch of orange peel. No noticeable heat on the nose.
5:30 the nose is now full of strawberries and mix berries with some mineral. Palate has sweet berry with strawberry earth, mineral, cola. Slightly bitter on the finish due to unintegrated oak. It does show some heat on the palate, acidity is still light and hopefully will emerge more fully to offset the heat.
8:30 the nose is now full of red fruit and Blackberry with minerality coming at the end. The palate is much smoother with the tannins and acid balancing the alcohol. Tannins are stronger than the 08, but not as powerful as the 07. Great quality for an appellation wine. needs a couple of years to show at it's best. could easily be 94-95 in the future
Check out her herberto's review from 4/10, he nailed it. They must mix raspberry jam in this stuff just bf bottling. I am not a fan of aggressive, hot, over extracted Cali pinots. This wine is delicious, fruit forward and new world style, but doesn't come across as hot or heavy. I had dinner w michael Browne, who rec's to drink these pn's at "cellar temp"- I couldn't agree more, this may reduce any heat on the palate.
So, after a long wait on the waiting list, finally KB lets me buy a bottle of this stuff. Since putting my name on the list, I've come to hate most super-ripe, oaky Cali Pinots. So I fully expected to hate this. And you know what? I didn't hate it. Actually, I liked it, in a guilty way. This is sweet, silky bubble gum wine. About as far from Burgundy as Pluto is, but pretty tasty on its own terms. Am not going to go out and fill my cellar with this stuff, but as a tasty indulgence, and guaranteed crowd-pleaser (at least for a crowd not full of Burgundy geeks), I'll stay on the KB list.
Yikes! I know these need some time to settle down, and opening this the night after arriving here probably wasn't the best idea, but I like to try these young. At the pop, it was like a grape martini, but after about 3 hours in the decanter it settled nicely into a rich and balanced wine. Great depth of red and blue fruit and all spice. Going to hide tthese away for the next few years, but a fun look at whats to come.