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Wines

Wines

We know that truly great wines are born in the vineyard. Over the years, we’ve made it our business to find incredible growers and vineyards in key appellations throughout California. Every vintage we work hard to tell the story of these chosen vineyards through the medium of wine. Our efforts hopefully reflect the character in some way, of every person and every vineyard site – the shared experiences of that year.

Appellation Wines

Our appellation blends are inspired by a desire to capture the specific beauty of each of these growing regions, which we feel are among the best in the world for Pinot Noir. Kosta Browne produces four appellation Pinot Noirs from the foggy Russian River Valley, diverse Sonoma Coast, powerful Sta. Rita Hills and chilly Santa Lucia Highlands, as well as one Chardonnay from Russian River Valley.

Video transcript

[Dan Kosta] We choose vineyards because they all have a story to tell.

Going through the winery today, you can look at all these grapes and they kind oflook the same, but they're not. Every vineyard has it's own character. We're shepherding what those vineyards want to say.

Kosta Browne produces three Appellation Pinot Noirs in the Russian River Valley, the Sonoma Coast, and the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Appellation wines allow the winemaking crew to have a little bit more fun. There's more spices in the spice cabinet to bounce these vineyards off of each other.

I don't believe in 100 point wine because there's always room for improvement. That's why I love wine so much. It's not about perfection. It's about that pursuit of perfection.

 

Our appellation blends are inspired by a desire to capture the specific beauty of each of these growing regions, which we feel are among the best in the world for Pinot Noir. Kosta Browne produces three appellation Pinot Noirs - Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands, and one Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley.

Single Vineyard Wines

Over time, we cultivate a deep understanding of each site we farm, and some come to shine brightly as single-vineyard expressions. These wines showcase Pinot Noir in a truly special manner and we do our best to allow them to sparkle each vintage. Production is limited to what the growing season offers but the character of each site and their unique sense of place is the prize.


Video transcript

[Michael Browne] When you taste a wine from a certain place, it reveals that place. That's what I love about California. When an opportunity comes up with a really fantastic site that just speaks to you, you go for it. The people that farm these beautiful places, they're like family.

I met him out in the vineyard and one handshake with him and just knew that it was a great relationship.

What I like about those guys, man, they got ambition and you gotta have ambition and they got ambition. The ambition is the quality.

He does not make wine by the numbers. He comes out, he tastes it, if it's ready, we pick it. Somebody once told me that the reason they call it farming is that the word gambling was taken and you know more and more about what feels right the longer you're doing it.

With these grapes, it's personal. Those are living, they're plants and you walk in there, you can feel the energy. It's weird.

What is terroir? Well, terroir is the soil, the wind, the sun, whatever's around it in the ecosystem that makes that vineyard what it is. I firmly part of terroir is the human element as well because you can put a stick in the ground and leave it alone, well, is it gonna be good? You have to have somebody tending those vines in a precise way. And then we make the best wine we can out of that. And hopefully they're proud of the wine, right?

 

Over time, we cultivate a deep understanding of each site we farm, and some come to shine brightly as single-vineyard expressions. These wines showcase Pinot Noir in a truly special manner and we do our best to allow them to sparkle each vintage. Production is limited to what the growing season offers but the character of each site and their unique sense of place is the prize.

Observations Series

The Observations series wines come straight from the heart of winemaking and represent an unrestricted approach in the cellar inspired by exceptional vineyard sources. From well-known and highly sought-after vineyards to those with an unexpected, intangible factor that must be tasted to be understood, each site, row or barrel has captured our winemaker’s attention in a unique way. These are wines of distinctive quality, unique expression, and rare availability.

Beakers and vials of Pinot Noir juice being tested in a lab.

 

The Observations series wines come straight from the heart of winemaking and represent an unrestricted approach in the cellar inspired by exceptional vineyard sources. From well-known and highly sought-after vineyards to those with an unexpected, intangible factor that must be tasted to be understood, each site, row or barrel has captured our winemaker’s attention in a unique way. These are wines of distinctive quality, unique expression, and rare availability.

Vintages

2019 Fall Offering

A vintage possessing an irreplaceable magic that resulted in wines with depth, concentration, vibrant fruit, and elegance. 

2017

A concentrated harvest with high-quality fruit. 

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.