The Sonoma Coast appellation overlaps with the Russian River Valley in many places – both are shaped by the ocean. Local geology can be complex, a result of being located at the intersection of two tectonic plates. For this wine, Kosta Browne specifically chooses fruit from vineyards directly influenced by the Pacific Ocean for a perspective that is distinctly Sonoma Coast.
Traditional and non-traditional techniques are used to make a consistently precise and textural wine: Fermented in stainless steel and concrete, then matured in new and old French oak and concrete.
Thanks to cooler sites and long hang time on the vine, you can expect a Pinot with beautifully developed velvety tannins and a dark, rich fruit profile. Notes of blackberry and raspberry with great depth and a long finish.
“Brought up mostly in French oak, with a small amount in concrete, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has that classic Sonoma Coast pretty red fruit-driven style as well as subtle white flower, spice, and even a kiss of minerality. It’s beautifully balanced and medium-bodied, with an elegant, ethereal style that still has solid structure. It will drink well for a decade.”
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck, May 2020
“Coming about 30% to 40% from Gap’s Crown this vintage, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has very pretty, sweet berry fruits—strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb—with accents of tea leaves, dried owers and fragrant earth. The medium-bodied palate has a great dichotomy of classic Pinot Noir fruit and amaro-like bitterness, juicy, soft and sexy with a long, spicy finish. Lovely!”
93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, July 2020