95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A pretty, even elegant, Russian River release is the 2014 Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard, which saw around 20% whole clusters and just under a quarter of new oak. Plums, spice box, black cherries and violets all flow to a medium to full-bodied, pure, seamless and silky 2014 that has fine tannin, no hard edges and a great finish. It shows more and more elegance with time in the glass and will impress for at least a decade. (JD) (9/2016)
92 points Wine Spectator
Begins restrained but expands, gaining velocity and depth, with gravel-laced tannins and supple plum and black cherry flavors. Impressive for the delicate aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. (JL) (9/2016)
91 points Vinous
Kosta Browne's 2014 Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard offers up a super-classic expression of the Russian River. Succulent red cherry, plum, spice, hard candy and new leather all flesh out as this effortless, engaging Pinot shows off its welcoming personality. Drink this juicy Pinot over the next few years, while the fruit retains its radiance. (AG) (8/2016)
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.
Trellising Bi-lateral cordon
Fermentation 5-ton wood open top / 5 day cold soak / 9 day ferment / 15% whole cluster
Oak 23% new French oak / 16 months
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.