2014 Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir


This small property, tucked away in the middle reach of the Russian River Valley, is owned and farmed by ex-postmaster Dennis and his wife Lynn along with their border collies Cooper and Annie. A real character, Dennis handles almost every pass of the vineyard himself. We enjoy a truly close relationship with him and the vineyard - as close as we can get to farming it ourselves.

The Koplen Vineyard lies just east of Olivet Road. Planted entirely to Dijon Clone 667, this slightly sloped vineyard shows bold fruit with complex flavors. The Koplens farm their vineyard with meticulous care, often calling the vines their “girls”. We know no other vineyard owner who personally spends as much time as Dennis and Lynn in the vineyard. The wine is a reflection of this human terroir and we are privileged to be the only winery with access to Koplen.


Vineyard Koplen
Clones 667
Orientation North/South
Trellising Bi-lateral cordon
Soil Arbuckle (alluvial)


Fermentation 5-ton wood open top / 5 day cold soak / 9 day ferment / 15% whole cluster
Oak 23% new French oak / 16 months
Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.52
TA 6.3 g/L


Nose: Ripe plum and pomegranate combine with baking spice, allspice and saffron.

Mouth: The palate is multi-faceted, with a core of blueberry, berry cherry, and kola. A flint-like component exists mid palate before finishing with a sumptuous and graceful finish.

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