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2016 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

ITEM 8312109 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
edmer 4 $60 $240
12 $60
Item Sold Amount Date
I8351720 2 $60 Jul 31, 2022
I8337272 3 $60 Jul 24, 2022
I8325081 3 $60 Jul 17, 2022
I8312109 4 $60 Jul 10, 2022
I8280046 3 $60 Jun 19, 2022
I8279853 2 $60 Jun 19, 2022
I8159654 2 $65 Apr 3, 2022
I8148196 1 $65 Mar 20, 2022
I8148195 1 $65 Mar 20, 2022
I8141349 1 $68 Mar 20, 2022
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RATINGS

92Wine Spectator

The red berry, wild berry, licorice and gravelly earth flavors offer lots of substance, maintaining a tight focus and ending with a long, persistent finish.

91Jeb Dunnuck

The largest production cuvée is the 2016 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, which sees close to 50% new barrels. This juicy, fruit forward, medium-bodied effort offers classic notes of mulberries, raspberries, and hints of orange blossom. It’s another seamless, balanced 2016...

PRODUCER

Kosta Browne

Kosta Browne Winery, in Sebastopol, was founded in 1997 when Dan Kosta and Michael Browne pooled their money to buy a half ton of Pinot Noir grapes and a used grape crusher. The men had been colleagues at a Santa Rosa restaurant, but dreamt of making their own wine. In 2001 they teamed up with Chris Costello, who provided the winemaking pair with a business plan and operational support. Today the three partners still run Kosta Browne, which does not have its own vineyards but sources grapes from the Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands. Kosta Browne makes only Pinot Noir, and has in little more than a decade developed a strong following for its wines, which are generally single vineyard bottlings. Most Kosta Browne wines are sold through their mailing list.

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.