Kosta Browne 2011 Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir

$174.89

95 points Connoisseurs Guide

 We have often found a singular and very identifiable purity to the fruit of Russian River's best Pinot sites, and this lovely version from Keefer Ranch is perfect example of just that. It is optimally ripened and very rich right from the first with a long and very deep complement of juicy, red-cherry fruit, and its teasing suggestions of sweet oak and dried flowers only make a good thing even better. It manages to be lively and lithe and fairly substantial all at once, and its lengthy, amazingly vital finish further marks it as a decidedly collectable wine that vies with the very best of the vintage.  (10/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes red berry liqueur, spicecake and potpourri, with a cola nuance adding depth. Nervy and precise on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of rose pastille. Silky tannins come on late and add shape to a long, juicy finish with a repeating floral note. (ST)  (6/2013)

91 points Vinous

 Savory herbs, tobacco, mint, wild flowers and sweet spices all flesh out in the 2011 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard. A weightless, gracious wine, the 2011 impresses for its energy, pliancy and overall sense of harmony. Darker tonalities of red and purplish fruit wrap around the close. The 2011 is both juicy and vibrant, essentially the best of both worlds in this vintage. (AG)  (2/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A delicate, understated style, featuring pure, ripe raspberry and wild berry notes, with a touch of gravel. Ends with floral-anise scents and fine-grained tannins. (JL)  (9/2013)

Keefer Ranch is located in the Green Valley appellation in the southwestern corner of the Russian River Valley. The 50 acre vineyard is located on gently rolling hills in an area known to have some of the coolest weather in the Russian River Valley. Morning and evening fog, gentle afternoon breezes, cool overnight temperatures and the warm afternoon sun produce grapes with terrific natural acidity combined with a combination of elegance and intensity. Marcy Keefer and her son Craig Strehlow grow some of the best Pinot Noir grapes in Sonoma County and we are proud to have them as members of the family. The site has a superb micro-climate, offering just the right amount of warmth during the day and very cool nights, which leads to intensely focused red fruited wine with strong natural acidity. In 2013 Kosta Browne  purchased its first vineyard, the 20 acre K2 block of Keefer Ranch, strengthening its estate wine program.

Aromatics:

Juicy pomegranate, cranberry, lingonberry, citrus peel and touch of vanilla bean.

On the palate:

Ripe, red cherry and raspberry with notes of sassafras. Medium body with a bright acidity and bursting with rich concentrated flavor. Berries and cream evoke a velvety finish.

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