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!
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.
wonderful wine with Kristine P. J. smooth, velvet, long finish. Straight forward R.R. Valley wine The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like strawberry and raspberry. It tastes like rose and violet. The body is medium/full. The wine has round texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity.
This is drinking really well - not as luxurious with respect to mouth feel as some of the single vineyards, but still plush, balanced, richer blue fruits balancing out red fruit tartness and acid, light baking spice typical of KB. Decanted and consumed immediately. Ideally would have given 60 min of air, was still improving on last glass.
It's year since my last note on this particular wine. Still quite similar. Color of dark red. Scents of ripe dark red fruit and berry. Tastes of ripe red fruit and berries including raspberry, strawberry and to a lesser extent cherry. Short decant.
Popped and poured. On the nose, sour cherry, black cherry, red raspberry, cola. On the palate bright red cherry with hints of Asian spice and cranberry. Finishes tart and hot, which takes away from an otherwise great package.
At a wonderful place. Nose of rose petal, some earth, and red fruits jump from the glass. Medium palate but silky and rich, prevalence of cranberry and dried, tart red cherry. This ain't Burgundy. Its excellent Sonoma Pinot.
Always good when a wine lives up to expectations. First Kosta and I've got to say it was pretty nice. Favorite of the day. Clearly in the strong fruit raspberry, cranberry camp. Underlying spice note in there as well. Cali pinot all the way but done right.
The clear winner of the night of 6 pinots (09 KB Russian River, 08 Small Vines MK, Cornerstone '10 which was surprisingly good and was second in line, Soter Mineral Springs 08, and Tisaetumn08); The KB took less air time to open up and give that delicious full body experience. All the pinots were good and ranged from medium body to lithe. All with tasty fruit.
A killer bottle of pinot. Folks who normally don't like pinot - were raving on this bottle at dinner. Great red fruit on a smooth as silk chassis with an awesome finish. Medium body and great fruit. This bottle is drinking fantastically right now.
It's KB. Big, bold and tasty. Black cherries followed by a hint of vanilla and Devon darker fruits on the back end. Nice lift to this though so I drank half of the bottle in one sitting. If you like KB they are rarely off.
Deep ox blood, full bodied Chocolate, dark fruits, some rich earth, loamy characteristics Mouth encompassing: a train of beautiful. Chocolate, leather, spicy hints Some floral hints present as glass warms
Interesting aromas of honeysuckle, cherry, raspberry and touch of cola. Flavors of raspberry, cherry, brown sugar and cola. Better balanced than some of the earlier ones I have had. Trying to achieve more elegance than the raw power from previous years.
Another fantastic KB wine. What more can be said as so many other tasting notes capture the details. Great with grilled salmon, fresh local corn and rice pilaf on the deck on a perfect July evening in CT.
This bottle has settled into its own skin very nicely. The fruit forwardness has backed down and you can taste the other elements of the wine now; cola, Asian spices and such. Should have many years of good drinking left.
At dinner with Karen and Jake at Jackie's in Silver Spring, MD.
Wonderful expression of what a Sonoma Coast PN should be. The best Sonoma Coast I've had from them. Assertive without being aggressive. Big but not over the top. Dark cherry, spice, cranberry, and a touch of floral notes with a long finish. Beautiful garnet color, nice legs, and a great mouthfeel.
Garnet color that is clear and deeply colored and translucent. The smells are sweet cherry, earth, mineral, red licorice, sweet spice, cola, and damp stone. The tastes are sweet cinnamon, subtle pepper, cherry, raspberry, cola, and sweet vanilla. The tannins are satin like and the finish is fruity and some zing.
This is the best KB pinot I have had in 7 Years. The time in the bottle revealed the true expression of this beauty. Decanted the full ruby color juice for 1 hour that gave a bouquet of lush plum, wilted rose, and collection wild berries. The full flavor of mineral, cranberry, raspberry, plum within an complete balanced envelope of tannins and acid. Wow-the finish goes on for ten minutes+. This is greatness in a wine!
Delicious wine! I could drink this wine all night, all week, all month long. Cherry Cola with spice, velvety smooth. Nice balance of tannin and acidity. I allowed two hours in the decanter. KB Pinot's stand in a class by themselves!
While it's all relative, this was clearly the worst KB I've ever had. I'm not sure what it was, but this was very muted and boring. It's almost like it was in its "dumb phase", but I wonder if it's too soon for that.
Really nice bottle - more enjoyable than the 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands we consumed the other night. Huge nose, very smooth and delightful - but again, not as sumptuous as I've had from other KB's. I'll keep trying - still have one 09 Sonoma left!
Deep dark red. Smells of cherry, rose petals, cola, and some sort of zest. Strong cherry cola taste. As it opened up the wine got smoother and velvety. Very soft mouth feel. "It's like wearing flannel on your tongue."
I'm not sure whether it's the extra time or just bottle variation, but this was so much better than the bottle we opened 7 months ago! Rich tasty cherry and cola with baking spices on the mid palate. The wine isn't all that complex, but if you are rating it on deliciousness alone then it is nearly off the charts.
The mrs wanted to rate this a 95, but this was her first Kosta Browne, so she was excited. I was a bit disappointed at first pour--a little funky, but after an hour it blew off and the result was a medium light, silky smooth wine. Paired perfectly with salmon.
Thanksgiving 2013 + a couple other parties: Crowd favorite at Thanksgiving dinner and probably also my WOTN, eclipsing the Vosne over the course of the meal. Fit KB “hey look at me” profile – upfront fruit with potent boysenberry and ripe raspberry flavors but held itself together on a slightly tannic, sophisticated frame.
Consumed over 3 days, note from day 3. Nose: High expressiveness, big brown sugar and black cherry components, undertones of cola and ice tea. Palate: Medium bodied, sweet ice tea, cherry, black berry and spice attack, enough acidic presence mid-palate to balance out the sweet fruit attack, mid-palate shows a distinct increase in the volume of spicy fruit and cola which build in intensity right thru the back-end and dominate a high-toned finish that lingers for for 60+ seconds.
I can see how some would consider this over the top. Since I've been able to spread this experience over 3 days (single glass per day) it hasn't gone over the top for me, however a second glass in a single setting might put me there also. By the way, it held up very nicely over 3 days - perhaps showing the most power on day 3.
Very pleased with this bottle; it had the total package. Beautiful color in the glass and outstanding in the nose. Cherry, mushrooms, and a touch of cedar. In the mouth, cherries and a hint of strawberry. Served in a group of 6 and all liked very much.
Drank from a 375ml, wine has a lovely balance and is obviously well made, the mouth feel is silky with a long smooth finish. Tastes like California Pinot, but good California Pinot. Out of a 750ml, I would give this until 2015 before drinking.
Night 1... Visual: dark ruby black-ish - wouldn't call it hazy nor high clarity. Nose: dark red/black fruit, spicy heat, and a good amt of wood. Taste: nice weight but still light on feet, medium viscosity, balanced tannin, adequate fruit & acid, and slight heat. The finish continues for a good 30 seconds. This is a very nicely made wine, but I wouldn't call it especially memorable. I don't receive what I'd define as sonoma coast characteristics from this bottle.... very much along the lines of say a Gary Farrell bottling. We'll see what night 2 provides....
Pop and pour and served with food (grilled shrimp, home made gyro, and salad, in case you were wondering.) Followed over four hours. The wine was poured through an aerator. Good ruby color, although the wine is a bit murky. Nice nose of spice, forest floor and berries. Good rich fruit, nice acidity to give it lift, with a streak of tartness (cranberries) on the back end. Tasty but far from exciting.
Dark ruby. Translucent to opaque. Nose of sweet red berries with slight smokiness, toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, sweet berry fruit coats the tongue, light tannin, noticeable acid, long aftertaste. An excellent balanced pinot noir, very drinkable but should hold several more years.
Popped and poured. On the nose, bing cherry, black cherry, red raspberry, cola, brown sugar, clove. On the palate bright red cherry with hints of Asian spice and cranberry. Finishes tart and very hot, which takes away from an otherwise great package.
- Garnet color with medium forming legs. It's in total harmony and has flavours of blackberry and strawberry jam with a light/medium body. Smooth texture with a medium finish - To make everyone jealous, I should first say that I purchased 5 bottles for $70 each. Lives up to its hype. A fruit forward bolder Pinot. I think I could drink a bottle a day and not be sick of its company.
Simply delicious. Nose of cherries and cinnamon, the bouquet lets you know from the start this is a special wine. Let it open for at least an hour. Has a strong tannic backbone and will benefit from cellaring. Outstanding new world Pinot Noir.
Decanted for about 90 min and wow this was stunningly delicious. Smooth as a baby's butt, great mouthfeel, solid fruit but not as bold and upfront as other KBs, outstanding finish. We couldn't put it down.
I did something tonight which I rarely seen done with KB is a mini-vertical (well actually the 07 and 10 Sonoma's so vertical is a stretch term). What we discovered was an amazing consistency such that after the 2010 warmed up (it had been pulled later from the cellar) the wines were almost identical. Both exhibited that typical KB note of deep, dark fruit even though Pinot is usually a lighter style. I slightly preferred the 07 but when that bottle was drained the 10 was ready for the stage. For my education it reinforced the concept that good wine-makers can turn out consistent product year after year despite all the variabilities that mother nature can throw at them. Bravo to the team at KB, will buy more as the spring allocation is pending.
Opened too early, but the wine was still good. Light cherry, good acidity and very smooth for the age. Full-bodied. I didn't get any heat from this one at all. Sharing with a very special person will make this wine always memorable.
Jumped the gun on this one, it just isn't ready. Decanting helped a little. Lots of cherry, but not the bright red cherry I like in Pinots, this was more dark almost like the Luxardo cherries I like in my Manhattans. Drank half and recorked. Next day, a little better still not my cup of Pinot (too dark, too heavy for me).
Decanted about 3 hours from reading the notes on Cellar Tracker. This was a little tight upon opening but really opened up and smoothed out over the danting period. Blackberry, cherry and light red fruit with hints of cocoa and and a little earth. If you like the fruity Oregon Pinot's, this isn't it. Bold and earthy, this SC is still very young but will be a classic KB Pinot in a few years.
Taste at Chicago Cut. Fantastic Pinot once again from KB. The Sonoma Coast is bar far the most accessible of the bunch but still so delicious and layered with complex flavors. The palate is rich and mouth coating while still coming across as refreshing and vibrant. An excellent bottling that should age well for at least five to seven years.
Another Friday afternoon at Domaine (Domaine Wine Storage, Chicago IL): this was opened up by another person at domaine after having a bunch of bubbles, older wines, and some half acre beer. Needless to say it was a complete shock to the system and it wasn't decanted. Wasn't all that impressive and came off as over ripe with big tones of dark red fruits, asphalt, black fruits and some spice tones. Full bodied with low acidity and big rich tones of black fruits, spices and dark red cherries. At the point in the evening and without this receiving a decant, I can't really rate it or really evaluate it at this time.
Out of the bottle this was a super tight and disappointing wine (I have a case of the 09, which was scary tasty out of the bottle). I drank my glass before it opened up. However, after a couple hours of air, also know as my girlfriends glass squirreled away on the counter, this was a stunner with ripe berries, that smooth fruit forward and semi-smokey taste, and a nice clean but lingering finish. The second-day tasting was even better. If you have it, give it air, lots of air. The wait is worth it.
nice balance of bright earthiness and jam filled cherries and cranberries. good medium palate that fills the mouth. finish a little bigger than expected which was nice. good lingering nature to this wine.
Cranberry and rhubarb on the nose, with earth and spice in the middle, and sour cherry at the end. Cranberry and cherry on the palate, with forest floor and spice on the mid-palate, and some rhubarb on the finish.
Needs to decant, and probably needs another year or two. But still a nicely balanced, fruity Pinot. Very black cherry. Too hot a finish when PNP, but much rounder and smoother after decanting for 30 minutes +.
Very cherry and sweet up front; unable to discern the spice or smokiness others observed because the cherry fruit was so dominant. It was a restaurant pop and pour and needed more time to decant or more bottle age.
Cherries layered on cherries. Very pretty nose, which nice spice on top of cherries. Good acid balances light acid and a bit of heat. the wine suprisingly big. Long finish, builds. Did I mention cherries? PDQ92+
- It's in total harmony with a medium body. Bright texture with a long finish - @ Bazaar w Spring andErica, Danny and Jean Marc. Decanted for 1 hr before traveling. Great from the get go, cherry, raspberry notes, great bouquet, and extended finish.
Tried a bottle last night (PNP) and drank the rest today. This one will be ready within a year and probably won't last all that long. Much more red fruit than normal for SC - red cherry nose. Very understated for KB.