Kosta Browne

Kosta Browne began as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In the summer of 1997 Dan and Michael decided to venture into winemaking. They saved tip money for two months and eventually had enough to buy a half ton of Pinot Noir, a used barrel and an old hand-crank stemmer-crusher, a purchase that marks the beginning of Kosta Browne. Since that vintage, they have nurtured relationships with the best growers and honed their winemaking skills, making sure to focus on the vision and values with which they began.

Today, Dan, Michael and founding partner Chris Costello work very closely to maintain the quality and consistency of the entire Kosta Browne experience. In 2011, only a short amount of time since their first bottling in 2000, Kosta Browne was heralded as the top Pinot Noir produced in California, (2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir). This accomplishment exhibits the development of Kosta Browne's importance to the region and the exceptional level of their wines.

"Flavorful, intense wines – that is our goal. We believe every wine should be bursting with flavor. This intensity should be part of a greater balance. We find that each of our vineyards has its own "sweet spot" of balance. It is our charge to guide each vineyard to its optimum flavor potential. Our single vineyard wines are blended to express the specific qualities and consistencies of our pedigreed vineyards. Pinot Noir is the perfect palate to define the terroir of these plantings. We offer two appellation wines: our Sonoma Coast and Russian River. These wines are blended to represent the best of our vineyards in each specific appellation. Quality is of utmost importance with these blends."

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Kosta Browne 'St Rita Hills' Pinot Noir 2017
The Wine A microclimate that began a mere 20 million years ago, is nothing short of a miracle. Tectonic plate movements over the years caused mountains to rise out of the ocean, break off the plate and rotate clockwise creating one of the most defined transverse ranges on the Pacific Coast.

Kosta Browne 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2017
The Wine The Sonoma Coast appellation overlaps with that of the Russian River Valley in many places and is similarly shaped by the ocean. Local geology can be complex here, a direct result of being located on the intersection of two tectonic plates. For this wine, we find ourselves drawn to

Kosta Browne 'St Rita Hills' Pinot Noir 2016
Tasting Notes "Nose: Soft and elegant with aromas of lifted red fruits; such as pomegranate, white tea and raspberry.  Mouth: Bright and high energy. Structured tannins backed with slight minerality. Layered fruits including hints of truffle, ripe Bing cherries and dried figs."  The Wine A

Kosta Browne 'St Rita Hills' Pinot Noir 2015
Tasting Notes "Nose: Soft and elegant with aromas of lifted red fruits; such as pomegranate, white tea and raspberry.  Mouth: Bright and high energy. Structured tannins backed with slight minerality. Layered fruits including hints of truffle, ripe Bing cherries and dried figs."  The Wine A

Kosta Browne 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2016
Sonoma Coast An area that overlaps with the Russian River Valley in many places and whose true qualities are similarly shaped by the ocean. Local geology can be complex here, a direct result of being located on the intersection of two tectonic plates. We find ourselves drawn to vineyards that are

Kosta-Browne Gap's Crown Pinot Noir 2014
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94+ "Coming from steep, rocky soils on the Sonoma Coast, the 2014 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard was brought up in 25% new French oak, 16% concrete and the rest in old barrels. All of the Pinot Noirs here go into barrel dry and see malolactic fermentation in barrel. This fabulous

Kosta Browne 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2015
TASTING NOTES  Nose: Every dark cherry you can imagine, dark fruits, coastal freshness and touches of citrus peel  Mouth: Dark and opulent fruits. Structured and mouth filling. Cherry, black plum, slight savory notes with a smooth and lengthy finish.  The Sonoma Coast appellation overlaps with

Kosta Browne 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2014
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Offers direct, rich and deep red and dark berry flavors that are spicy, pleasantly tannic and chewy, ending with a pure, rich burst of fruit that tails off into drying tannins. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink now. 6,935 cases made. –JL"  Kosta Browne Winery, in

Kosta Browne 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2013
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "Much more upfront and ready to go than the Santa Lucia Highlands releases, the deep ruby colored 2013 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley offers tons of juicy berry fruits, spice, underbrush and floral characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, supple, voluptuous personality. Drink

Kosta Browne 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2012
" The wine shows focused blueberry, black cherry and ripe currants in the nose, followed by intense blackberry and cassis. In the background there is a dusting of cocoa and black plum.  The 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir exhibits dark black and blue fruits that drive down the center of the palate

Kosta Browne 'Rosella's Vyd' Pinot Noir 2011
93  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 93 "Vivid ruby. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, bitter chocolate, potpourri and spicecake. Sappy, dense and seamless in texture, offering energetic flavors of red berry preserves, licorice and candied rose. Finishes with excellent length and silky, harmonious tannins that