2016 Vintage Notes

The 2016 growing season was a relatively smooth operation offering little resistance and virtually no surprises during harvest.  A common thread witnessed across many wineries was the vigor and stamina of primary fermentations.  Allowing the yeast to take its' course naturally, fermentations went bone dry with virtually zero encouragement strategies which winemakers are often forced to consider.  After the drought and resulting lower yields of 2015, we welcomed a healthy amount of rain and a generous crop of exceptionally high-quality fruit.
Kosta Browne 2016 Vintage
The 2016 growing season was a relatively smooth operation offering little resistance and virtually no surprises during harvest.  A common thread witnessed across many wineries was the vigor and stamina of primary fermentations.  Allowing the yeast to take its' course naturally, fermentations went bone dry with virtually zero encouragement strategies which winemakers are often forced to consider.  After the drought and resulting lower yields of 2015, we welcomed a healthy amount of rain and a generous crop of exceptionally high-quality fruit.
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.

2016 Wine Notes

Appellation Wines

2016 Sta. Rita Hills, Pinot Noir 2016 Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir 2016 Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir 2016 One Sixteen Russian River Valley, Chardonnay

Single Vineyard Wines

2016 Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir 2016 Cerise Vineyard, Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir 2016 Keefer Ranch, Russian River 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

Observations Series

2016 Mt. Carmel, Sta. Rita Hills, Chardonnay 2016 Mt. Carmel, Sta. Rita Hills, Pinot Noir 2016 El Diablo, Russian River Valley, Chardonnay 2016 Free James, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir

Vintages

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.