2019 Kosta Browne Santa Rita Hills

The story of Kosta Browne echoes the iconic American dream—an evolution from a “tip-enve- lope” project to the production behind some of the industry’s most coveted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Kosta Browne was started by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne, two friends working at a local Santa Rosa restaurant who saved enough tip money to make their first barrel of Pinot Noir in 1997. Full of passion but short on capital, Michael developed relationships with key growers in Northern California, while Dan, along with the help of a third partner, Chris Costello, worked to market and sell the wines. The quality and popularity of Kosta Browne Pinot Noir increased rapidly, and in 2011, our 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was namedWine of the Year by Wine Spectator. Today, the unparalleled success of Kosta Browne is a testament to our commitment to expressing California’s greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay regions.

#1 Wine of the Year
Wine Spectator, December 2011

#4 Wine of the Year
Wine Spectator, December 2009

#7 Wine of the Year
Wine Spectator, December 2006

#11 Wine of the Year
Wine Spectator, December 2005
We have 12 cases of the 2019 Kosta Browne Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. This incredible cool climate site showcases intense fresh red fruit characteristics of cranberry, pomegranate, and Rainier cherry notes. Don't miss the chance to snag some of California top Cult Pinot producer at this price point.

2019 Kosta Browne
Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

#060726 $136.95 wls  6X750ML spec  

Celebrating the cool-climate character and complexity of California’s most revered winegrowing regions, our 2019 Appellation Series wines showcase what can be achieved from iconic sites in an exceptional vintage. Intricately structured with soaring flavors, this is a vintage not to miss.

A microclimate that began a mere 20 million years ago is nothing short of a miracle. Tectonic plate movements caused mountains to rise out of the ocean, break off the plate, and rotate clockwise, creating one of the most defined, transverse ranges on the Pacific Coast, and remnants of marine sediment deposited during the Miocene Epoch is the soil base. But what makes this area truly unique is the purely East/West maritime mouth that funnels cooling coastal fog and wind to the vines. Sta. Rita Hills is one of the world’s best cool-climate growing regions of Pinot Noir.

The 2019 season was windy, with heavy fog that didn’t break for roughly two weeks, which aided in optimal phenolic development of the grapes. As captivating as it is delicious, this wine has a robust and dynamic cool-factor, with intense fruit and spice notes continuing throughout the palate, building to a complex and polished finish.

94 Jeb Dunnuck
93 James Suckling
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