A lot of Pinot Noirs (My backyard): This is really big, but I was expecting even more. Perhaps the vintage. This is good. Not real complex, but very delicious, juicy fruit. Black raspberries and black cherries. Lush texture. Smooth and easy to drink.
As some have noted, '11 is a suboptimal vintage, but this wine bucks that trend. Slight funk, sort of a macerated cherry thing going on, medium bodied, balanced, very much in the KB style. Large scaled but not ponderous or overdone. I can appreciate KB as well as great Burgundies depending on my mood. This was very enjoyable.
This is a review of a dozen bottles of this wine consumed over the past few years. I was not the greatest vintage, but Kosta Browne made a superbly balanced Pinot that has been enjoyable every experience. The wine is getting fuller and more velvety with time. The essence of Pinot Noir comes through without being masked with too much fruit and intensity.
It always amazes me what Kosta Browne is able to get out of the Pinot Noir grape. Burgundy purists probably hate it, but this wine deserves respect even if it is not your style. While the fruit is highly extracted compared to a Comte Vogue or a Willamette Pinot, it is not overdone. Bright red fruit, black cherry, cinnamon spice, and creamy vanillin. This could literally be a slice of cherry pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pure pleasure wine and one that will please any crowd.
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