In what was a tough vintage, Kosta Browne made a very good Pinot Noir. This Sonoma Pinot has intense notes of sour cherry and hints of vanilla. While this is very good, it's not great because the wine needs more weight and balance to meet the Kosta Browne standard. Tannins are a bit over active after an hour decant. Think this needs more time like its Russian River companion.
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.
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