Friends at the House: This was a clear winner when tasted alongside a 2012 Talley Rosemary's Pinot and a 2012 Eric Kent Sascha Marie Pinot. Served with a cheese and charcuterie plate.
Baking spice, cola, and dark, earthy red berry and black cherry flavors jumped out on initial PnP. After a number of hours of slow O2, plus some vigorous swirling in the glass, the medley of flavors draped across the palate even more beautifully. I've admittedly been on a bit of a KB bash session with a lot of their recent 2012 and 2013 bottlings failing to cut the mustard. But this 2010 Gap's Crown made me feel both happy and sad. It was a beautiful, deeply pitched wine, but it reminded me that 2010 was the last of the great KB vintages (in my humble opinion) to deliver the quality that I had expected from this winery.
In the end, this was a 94-95 point wine, delivering at its best around the third hour of slow O2. This certainly has some life left in it; drink now and over the next two+ years.
PnP wih notes of wild red berry, cola, cinnamon, and some spice. A little hot initially on the back end, which subsided after about 30 minutes.
A total of three hours in the decanter at 54 degrees. The fruit deepened a bit more to reveal some darker black cherry, baking spice, and earth notes. Just a tad hollow and thin mid-palate, but not to the extent that it caused the overall effect to be underwhelming. Medium-bodied and quasi-complex, though I don't see this going too much further with age. Likely drinking about as close to its optimum drinking window as it will ultimately achieve.
Drink now with a quick decant; drink over the next couple of years max. 93 solid points. No more, no less. One of the better KB Pinots out there; I wish they made them like this now.
Wonderful Sonoma Pinot. We held back a few 2010 Kosta Browne Pinots, and after drinking a number of lesser 2011s over the past few months, we opened this one with a dinner of Coq au Vin. This exhibits the outstanding balance, great fruit, and long finish that we love from K.B. Pinots. Excellent now, but I suspect plenty of time left.
2010 & 2011 Kosta Browne: Tonight we had a blind tasting of 2010 & 2011 Gaps Crown Vineyard, 2011 Sonoma Coast & 2010 RRV. All were drinking very well tonight with just abit of air and were typical big, bold Kosta Brownes with good depth and complexity. Surprisingly, before we revealed the bottles, everyone equally preferred the RRV and the Sonoma Coast over the Gaps Crown bottlings, with the typical comment that the Gaps Crowns were abit flatter tasting.
While good there is nothing special about this. I have come to realize that I like my KB pinot with a bit more age on it. This needs to sit a while longer to mature. Anyone else agree that KB pinots should be drunk 6-8 years from vintage date?
Classic Kosta Browne...again! Rich, layered and fruit forward with intense strawberry/cherry notes along with a finish that goes on and on. Drinks like a rich Chateauneuf du Pape. Absolutely enjoyable to drink.
Beautiful, elegant wine. Nice nose of blackberry, cherry, and ripe plum. Palate starts with the fruit in balance with the acid but through the mid to the long finish the fruit evolves into herb, rose petals, and loamy soil. This is not a typical KB fruit bomb, but an expression of a well made pinot. Great job!
Smooth and silky on the palate with red berry, forest floor and black cherry notes. Medium in weight but very expressive in flavor. Lithe and light as it moves to the finish. Very elegant and the mouth feel is wonderful.
this was a bit disappointing given how much I typically love kosta browne wines. this was very bright red fruit - kind of a cola cherry bomb - but lacked the acidity and long finish that usually balances these huge wines. far from bad but also not as sublime as other bottlings of KB i have had.
Love this wine. Decanted 1 hour. Dark ruby color. Cherries and dark fruit on the nose. A touch of spice. Big, rich full Pinot. Delectable and somewhat creamy feel in the mouth. Nice long finish leaves you wanting more. Only Kosta Browne I've had that I enjoyed more was the great 2009 Sonoma Coast. Sorry I only have 1 more bottle.
Couples tasting group of 18. This got two 1st and two 2nd votes, against Rochioli, Martinelli, Sojourn, Runquist, Aubert, Meiomi, and walter Hansel. This was the darkest, but aroma still a bit closed, but slightly acetic. Aroma of darker fruits, smoky. Medium-full flavor, deep but sweet; round fruit, nicely balanced. Long aftertaste. Probably needs more time to develop, although enjoyable now. Ric
Nice nose filled with red fruit, cola, and a hint of spice. On the palate it seemed a little one dimensional. Jammy fruit flavor on the front but lacked the finish I was looking for. Still very enjoyable to drink.
This regal Pinot Noir will love your decanter, especially after an hour. Blackberry, cherry wood, chocolate cake, Porcini mushroom, strawberry and charred oak. A rush of flavor and voluptuous qualities that demonstrate unctuous grace - not to sound too oxymoronic. Supple tannins that show agibility as well. One of the most engaging '10 Pinots that you will find. Classic on all levels. Drink now - 2020.
Killer bottle of Pinot. Big, decadent. For most at table, this '10 KB Gap's Crown was the winner of the night, even over an '03 Marcassin, '04 Camille Giroud, and '07 Archery. Give it some time to breath, even if only in the bottle/glass.
Dark ruby and heavy in the glass. Powerful nose of candied red and dark fruit, black forest cake, cinnamon and BBQ. Med-full body and highly-extracted with boysenberry syrup, black cherry skin, black forest cake, cinnamon, sarsaparilla and BBQ on the palate. Touch of heat that blew of with time. Long, long finish. Decadent!
Big and bold. Duh! Lots of creamy cherries in the nose and palate. It is large scaled and intense. Not overripe but certainly a bit too intense even for me, lots of acid around the sweet fruit. Incredible lenght. I like it but I think Ill like it better in a year.