Adding even more layers of complexity, the 2017 was formed from ten iconic Pinot Noir clones, spanning 777, to Pommard 4, Swan and Calera. It didn’t stop there either, the winemaking team fermented in multiple styles including Stainless Steel, Concrete, and wood, and for added depth and structure, they utilized 3% whole cluster fermentation in the process.
2017 KOSTA BROWNE “RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY” PINOT NOIR
From Jeb Dunnuck, “The 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley comes from a multitude of sites and spent 17 months in 45% new French oak. It’s slightly more reticent than the Sonoma Coast and offers more raspberry, ripe cherries, cola, mulled spiced, and earth. Rounded, beautifully textured, and medium to full-bodied, it has a supple, seamless style that’s already a joy to drink. Nevertheless, I suspect it will keep for upwards of a decade.” JEB DUNNUCK 94 POINTS
From Robert Parker’s WINE ADVOCATE, “… the pale to medium ruby colored 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley opens with broody aromas of spiced cranberry sauce, crushed black cherries, loam, cumin seeds, dried leaves and a classy framing of new oak spice with notions of orange peel and amaro. It’s medium-bodied and silky, offering plush, ripe fruits in the mouth, with a grainy frame and mouthwatering freshness, finishing very long. This is a tick up in complexity from the 2016 version…” WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS