Each wine in Kosta Browne’s “Appellation Series” is an attempt to capture the unique qualities that make the region unique. A series of regional celebrations, if you will.
While there are many differences between vineyards in the Russian River Valley appellation, many share a common influence: the cooling effect that follows the Russian River inland from the Pacific coast. The fog that follows the river inland helps keep nights cool and offers vines a respite from daytime temperatures. In turn, these temperature swings slow ripening and promote more evolved flavours in grapes. This is why the appellation is considered by many the heartland of Californian Pinot.
Traditional and non-traditional techniques are used to make a consistently precise and textural wine: Fermented in stainless steel, concrete, and wood vats, then matured in new French oak and concrete. Kosta Browne works with a number of great vineyards across the Russian River Valley appellation, but year over year, you can expect a Pinot with a full, textural mouthfeel with notes of raspberries, blackberries, and black cherries.
“The 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley was mostly destemmed and brought up in 31% new French oak. Its ruby/purple hue is followed by a wonderful bouquet of black cherries, darker raspberry, spice, and hints of earth and forest floor. It’s a darker, spicy Russian River Valley effort that’s medium to full-bodied and has terrific balance, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It shows the purity and class that now defines this estate. It’s well worth seeking out and is going to keep for at least a decade.”
95 points, Jeb Dunnuck, May 2020
“Violet notes accent the juicy crushed red cherry and raspberry tart flavours, backed by vibrant acidity. Exhibits spicy focus midpalate, leading to a finish that lingers with mint and hot stone hints. Drink now through 2024.”
93 points & “Outstsanding”, Wine Spectator, June 2020