Kosta Browne 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Harvest from September 10th to October 10th, the 2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a sexy, supple and textured effort that has lots of jammy dark fruits, licorice and toasted spice. Surprisingly textured and rounded, it has terrific purity and a hard-to-resist personality. (JD) (10/2015)
93 points Wine Spectator
Delivers a pure, focused core of wild berry, raspberry, gravel, anise, dried herb and savory notes that are pleasantly tannic. The fruit pushes through in the end, finishing in a juicy, mouthwatering manner. (JL) (8/2015)
90 points Vinous
Red-fleshed stone fruits, crushed flowers and sweet spices are some of the notes that are pushed forward in the 2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. Overall, this is a decidedly forward, juicy Sonoma Coast Pinot built on opulent fruit and near-term appeal. The 2013 is mostly Gap's Crown fruit, which is now an estate vineyard for KB. (AG) (5/2015)
Our 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of eight vineyards: Gap’s Crown, Griffin’s Lair, Kanzler, Pfendler, Spring Hill, Terra de Promissio, Thorn Ridge and Walala. Most of these 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 outlier, Walala Vineyard, is located in 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.
The wine shows focused black cherry, ripe currants, and blueberry in the nose, followed by intense blackberry. In the background there is a dusting of cocoa nibs and cassis.
On the palate:
The 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir first shows dark fruits that focus on the center of the palate then steadily permeates into all areas of the mouth. The focused acidity, balanced with gripping tannins, carries the rich dark fruit character toward the mid-palate, followed by lush black cherry and sealed with ripe currants. Flavors are slowly released from the wine showing a rich complexity of flavors, textures, ending with a long seductive finish.