It is timely to write a Kosta Browne review today, as news hit my desk that the private equity firm holding the majority of shares of this highly regarded and highly successful producer has sold out. However, it seems business as usual, as the equity got flipped to another private equity firm. The risk is that pressure to produce more volume will dilute quality .We will have to see.
The 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir certainly did very well, as it became the Wine Spectator's wine of the year in 2011. How does it stack up in 2014?
As expected, this is a full-bodied Pinot Noir. It is very soft and smooth and has initial appeal. However, the wine does not quite hold it. Dark cherry flavours dominate, alcohol becomes noticeable on the back palate and edges out the otherwise attractive silky tannins.
This wine is juicy, and a little ripe and sweet for me. It is, however, well made and not outside typical expectations for Pinot Noir.