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Kosta Browne's Outstanding 2008 Pinot Noirs

via Wine Spectator — James Laube
May 24, 2010

"Fans of Kosta Browne Pinot Noir won’t be disappointed by the 2008s. This is another very strong vintage for this Sonoma County winery, with 11 outstanding wines that show the level of quality possible in what many considered a challenging year.

Kosta Browne continues to maintain quality and grow, as does its fan base. Winemaker Michael Browne said the waiting list is now 15,000 names long, while annual production is headed toward 18,000 cases over the next five years.

"A lot of people thought with all the growth that things would get out of whack," said winemaker Michael Browne, "but we had all this in place [before the sale last year]." The new owners have given the winery and winemaking team a better infrastructure, Browne said. So the winery will continue to expand, both with single-vineyard wines (adding Gap’s Crown this year) and with their Russian River and Sonoma Coast appellation wines. New vineyards will allow those two wines to increase volume."

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