2018 Kosta Brown Chardonnay One-Sixteen

Year: 2018
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 97
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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"The 2018 Chardonnay One Sixteen comes from six or seven different vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley. It has a soft nose of baker’s yeast, apricot, spring honey and white blossoms with a gently nutty undercurrent. The palate is medium-bodied and silky with a good blend of savory flavor and tangy uplift, finishing long and layered." (WA)

"All barrel fermented and brought up in just under 40% new French oak, the 2018 Chardonnay One Sixteen has a big bouquet of buttered lemons, peach, tart pineapple, spice, and toasted bread. Beautifully textured, elegant, and seamless on the palate, with both good acidity and concentration, it's another beautiful wine from this team. I think the El Diablo Vineyard will be longer-lived (and maybe have more upside), but this is brilliant.

Another estate that has changed their style (for the better, I think), Kosta Browne’s latest 2018s have beautiful purity and elegance as well as richness. They’re certainly in the top handful of wines in this report." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Pure, with bright lemon zest, honeysuckle, cantaloupe and notes of brioche.

Precise and intentional entry with a lively energetic mid-palate, focused acidity and a round, nimble weight.