There are many differences between vineyards in this small appellation, but most of them do share a common influence – the cooling effect that follows the Russian River inland from the Pacific coast. The resulting fog helps keep nights cool and offers vines a respite from daytime temperatures. In turn, these diurnal temperature swings slow down ripening and promote more evolved flavors in Pinot Noir grapes. Kosta Browne works with vineyards that span a diverse and varied view into a region that many would call the heartland of California Pinot Noir. Bright citrus rind with fresh cranberry, strawberry and a touch of baking spice lead onto the palate with a supportive acid structure which highlights the notes of raspberry, pomegranate and well-balanced oak.
It’s hard to believe that Kosta Browne has been making wine for almost 20 years. What started as a micro-size Pinot project between Dan Kosta and Mike Browne has now become a much larger brand that continually strives to make great Pinot Noir with a small amount of Chardonnay. We’ve seen this situation occur countless times, yet this is one of the few projects that have successfully kept their attention to quality and brand intact despite their increase in production.