2018 Fall Offering Vintage Notes

After years of working with our estate vineyards and long-term grower partners throughout California, we have developed a deep understanding of how each location showcases Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Every site offers a unique combination of soil, slope, aspect, and microclimate that, when coupled with meticulous decisions about clones, rootstocks, and timing, fosters a distinctive personality. The 2016 growing season presented idyllic conditions for an unhurried, precise harvest with opportunity to exemplify the characteristics of each vineyard.

Meet Cerise:

Our never-ending quest to find California's best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards led us sixty-five miles north of our winery in Sebastopol to a raw and rustic parcel of land in Anderson Valley. It is a wild, untamed place with history of producing revered elegant wines that we have long admired. These 26 unique blocks sit along steep hillsides, with rocky terrain and have elevations that range from 700ft to 1700ft, with temperatures that push wines to their limits. Collectively they are known as Cerise Vineyard - our newest addition to the Kosta Browne Fall Offering.

Kosta Browne 2018 Fall Offering Vintage

After years of working with our estate vineyards and long-term grower partners throughout California, we have developed a deep understanding of how each location showcases Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Every site offers a unique combination of soil, slope, aspect, and microclimate that, when coupled with meticulous decisions about clones, rootstocks, and timing, fosters a distinctive personality. The 2016 growing season presented idyllic conditions for an unhurried, precise harvest with opportunity to exemplify the characteristics of each vineyard.

Meet Cerise:

Our never-ending quest to find California's best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards led us sixty-five miles north of our winery in Sebastopol to a raw and rustic parcel of land in Anderson Valley. It is a wild, untamed place with history of producing revered elegant wines that we have long admired. These 26 unique blocks sit along steep hillsides, with rocky terrain and have elevations that range from 700ft to 1700ft, with temperatures that push wines to their limits. Collectively they are known as Cerise Vineyard - our newest addition to the Kosta Browne Fall Offering.

First Pick
August 11 - Ritchie Young Vine Chardonnay
Last Pick
October 1 - Cerise 115
Smallest Lot
Several one-barrel lots, of note: Cerise Martini Whole Cluster Wood, Giusti 115 Whole Cluster Amphora
Largest Lot
Gap's Crown 828, 18 barrels
Fact of note
2016 marked the first year implementing our new wood and concrete Fermentation Room. With 36 new units we were able to tactfully seduce layers of complexity in our single vineyard fruit.

2018 Fall Offering Wine Notes

Single Vineyard Wines

2016 Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir 2016 Keefer Ranch, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir 2016 Cerise Vineyard, Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir 2016 Cerise Vineyard, Anderson Valley, Chardonnay 2016 Giusti Ranch, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir 2016 Kanzler Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir 2016 Thorn Ridge Ranch, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir 2016 Rosella's Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir 2016 Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir 2016 Garys' Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir 2016 Koplen Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir

Winemaker Series

2016 4 Barrel, California, Pinot Noir

Vintages

2018 Fall Offering

2016

A stellar vintage to end the drought.

2015

Another vintage to make us all smile.

2014

Epic vintage. Near perfect conditions with yields to match.

2013

Quite simply, 2013 offered us truly wonderful conditions and allowed each vineyard to shine despite the recent statewide drought.

2012

Post-card growing season helped nurture a good crop of brilliant quality. A welcome respite from more difficult years.

2011

A challenging vintage but one we relished. Cool and wet spring followed by late rains during harvest caused some concern.

2010

Temperature extremes pushed us and our vineyards but the efforts paid off with resulting high quality.

2009

A joy of a vintage with near perfect growing conditions throughout the year.

2008

A difficult year - with frost, heat and drought all making an appearance.

2007

An ideal, if early, vintage with consistent weather and temperatures throughout the season.

2006

A cool spring was tempered by a hot July but overall, a cooler and more elegant year.

2005

Marked by cool weather that allowed fruit to mature gracefully. A sleek vintage.

2004

Excellent year. Slightly earlier harvest due to warmer temperatures.