Founded in 1997 by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne, the Kosta Browne Winery produces Pinot Noir wines in the Sonoma region of California. The estate sources fruit from the most celebrated terroirs of three prestigious appellations – the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands. The Kosta Brown portfolio includes a vast array of Pinot Noir, ranging from appellation wines to single-vineyard masterpieces from family vineyards and the estate's own parcels. The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 from Kosta Browne Winery is made from fruit sourced from a variety of vineyards from the Western Edge of the Sebastopol Hills and Freestone in the Sonoma Coast appellation. The terroir here is affected significantly by the Pacific Ocean, resulting in wines that tend to have savory and spicy characteristics. The grapes were fermented in a combination of open-top stainless steel vats, open-top concrete vats and open top wooden containers with 6% of the fruit fermented in whole clusters. The aging of the wine was carried out partially in new French oak for 15 months, in concrete tanks for 10 months and in wooden tanks.
The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 by Kosta Browne Winery offers on the nose a wonderful palette of aromas, including baked berries with subtle notes of cacao and black currants, complemented by herbs de Provence and damp forest floor. On the palate, the wine resonates with loganberries and Santa Rosa Plums. This Pinot Noir wine displays a structure of silky tannins on the palate and a long, smooth, satisfying finish.