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Kosta Browne Estate Series

2016 Bootlegger's Hill, Pinot Noir

Rich with intricacy, a Russian River classic

Facts of Note

CELLAR

Drink in 2021

CONCRETE

20% fermented in concrete

ORIGIN

Moonshine hideout

Once an apple orchard and a region used to cart moonshine throughout prohibition, the 30-acres of Bootlegger’s Hill Vineyard sits 750 feet above sea level and the fog line, surrounded by redwood and fir trees. Slightly cooler than Treehouse Vineyard, these wines have intrinsic elegance, sumptuous fruit and a hint of spice.

Though the ranch features two blocks of Chardonnay, it is dominated by seven varieties of Pinot Noir clones planted in the region’s hallmark sandy loam Goldridge soils, derived from an ancient sea bed. Bountiful options of rootstock and various pruning methods within the vineyard make for a beautifully layered and interesting wine. This classic Russian River Pinot Noir will be prime to enjoy over the next decade due to its expansive palate, silky tannins, and notes of rose and forest floor.

2016 Bootlegger's Hill Russian River Valley - Kosta Browne Winery



Vineyard
Details

Vineyard
Bootlegger's Hill
Clones
115, 23, 37, 667, Calera, 495, Pommard
Orientation
North/East
Trellising
VSP
Soil
Goldridge

Technical
Details

Fermentation
57% Stainless steel open tops / 20% Concrete open tops / 23% Wood open tops
Oak
45% New French Oak / aged 16 months
Alcohol
14.1%
pH
3.6
TA
6.0 g/L

Tasting
Notes

Nose: Intense concentration of red fruits with hints of hibiscus and rose petal. Notes of forest, sandalwood and baking spice create a beautiful balance.

Mouth: Silky, energetic entrance with a sophisticated and lifted mid-palate. Earthy notes of fresh herbs are framed with blue fruit and highlights of alpine berry.