2018 Kosta Brown Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Year: 2018
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
California Grapevine: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
Price :
$89.95

"Coming about 30% to 40% from Gap's Crown this vintage, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has very pretty, sweet berry fruits—strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb—with accents of tea leaves, dried flowers and fragrant earth. The medium-bodied palate has a great dichotomy of classic Pinot Noir fruit and amaro-like bitterness, juicy, soft and sexy with a long, spicy finish. Lovely!" (WA)

"Brought up mostly in French oak, with a small amount in concrete, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has that classic Sonoma Coast pretty red fruit-driven style as well as subtle white flower, spice, and even a kiss of minerality. It's beautifully balanced and medium-bodied, with an elegant, ethereal style that still has solid structure. It will drink well for a decade. 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)

 

1. 2018 Kosta Browne, Sonoma Coast ($72) – Medium-light to medium ruby color; attractive, deep, rich, ripe, earthy, cherry, raspberry, and blackberry fruit aroma with spicy notes and hints of forest floor and black tea; medium-full body; deep, nicely balanced, red and dark fruit flavors with spicy notes, bright acidity, a rich mouthfeel, and some complexity on the finish; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Impressive to taste now, though deserving several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.4% alcohol; 8,000 cases; 100% Pinot Noir (PN); released Spring 2020. (Group Score: 16.7 of 20 points, 3 of 7 first-place votes/0 seconds/0 thirds; My Score: 17 [92 of 100 points], first place) (CGV)

 

Winery Notes:

Nose:
Alluring notes of blackberry, blueberry, and rich raspberry.

Mouth:
Bold entry, followed by great tension, focus, a malleable structure, and a long finish.