2011 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Released

Charles & Diana spent the day at the new Kosta Browne winery at the Barlow in downtown Sebastopol pouring the Sonoma Coast Pinot for the Kosta Browne Wine Club members.  It was a beautiful facility and a fun day meeting and greeting all the members. 

From Kosta Browne:
Our 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of three vineyards; Gap’s Crown, Terra de Promissio and Walala.  The first two are located in the southern portion of the Sonoma Coast appellation and lie directly in the path of the Petaluma Wind Gap’s Pacific Ocean cooling and the maritime influence of the San Pablo Bay. The third vineyard, Walala Vineyard, is from the northwestern coastal reaches near Annapolis. The wines from the Petaluma Gap region are rich, voluptuous and structured with dark black and blue fruit, deep texture and broad structure. The wines from Walala are red fruit driven with clean earth, a slight spice, elegant structure and a complex core. We recommend drinking this wine between 2015 and 2020.

Aromatics: 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.

On the palate: The 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir exhibits dark black and blue fruits that drive down the center of your palate and slowly melt into all areas of the mouth. There is focused acidity and a tannic grip that carry the rich dark fruit character towards the midpalate, followed by creamy black cherry, dark plum and dried currants. There is intensity to this wine that is followed by a slow release of complex flavors and textures, leading to a long and lingering finish.