In December of 2011, the Wine Spectator named the 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir as its 2011 Wine of the Year. The wine comprises fruit from three vineyards including Terra de Promissio. It is the first Sonoma County wine to win the award since 1999 and the first ever Pinot Noir wine to win.
Wine Spectator editors tasted and reviewed over 16,000 new releases from 12 countries and they noted the Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast bottling showcases Michael Browne’s meticulous winemaking and the quality of their grape sources.
The 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir rated 95 points on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale.
Diana and Charles Karren were thrilled to be included as Kosta's Browne special guests at the Wine Spectators Grand Award Banquet in Los Angeles--the wine industry's premier awards event. The honors began with a formal salute to the 2011 Wine of the Year, the Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2009.
It was a festive three days of socializing with hundreds of winemakers, sommeliers, chefs and wine lovers. Both Diana and Charles gave heartfelt thank-you to the entire Kosta Browne team of Michael Browne, Dan Kosta, David Hejl, Chris Costello and Tony Lombardi. Michael, Dan, Chris and the entire KB team are very deserving winners.