2017 KOSTA BROWNE Chardonnay ‘One Sixteen’
Russian River Valley

$71.00

jebdunnuck.com
wine enthusiast 94 points
750 ML
This vintage we continued our pursuit in delivering exceedingly fresh and precise wines by incorporating traditional, and non-traditional French oak foudres into our Chardonnay winemaking. These larger vessels seamlessly weave complexity and purity into one, integrating the gross lees and the wine with slower and patient micro-oxygenation due to thicker oak staves and less wood to wine contact ratio.
Rose petal and crème brûlée with hints of cantaloupe skin and coconut nibs. An expansive and rich mouthfeel with flavors of pear and notes of peach crisp. Precise and tactile.

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The story of Kosta-Browne begins with two friends, Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. The year was 1997 and the buddies both were working at John Ash & Co., a popular restaurant in Santa Rosa, California. Dan was the general manager; Michael was the sommelier. But their real passion was something bigger, bolder, and more brazen than anything either ever had done: They wanted to create Pinot Noir. The catch: Neither gentleman had experience making wine. What ensued was a tale of perseverance, dedication, and hard work. That, and of course, a little bit of pinot noir.
Once Dan and Michael agreed to make wine together, they realized they needed money to bring the dream to life. So they started saving. Dan proposed saving $10 apiece every night on those nights when the duo worked together. Looking back, he says, “The amount was something that wasn’t going to kill us but something that was going to push us to keep going.” As Dan and Michael socked away their hard-earned cash, they stashed the money in an envelope that they kept in Dan’s desk drawer. Over the course of a few months (working anywhere from three to five nights a week), they amassed about $1,000, still a few hundred bucks short of their goal. Thankfully, a chef at the restaurant kicked in the difference and Dan and Michael were on their way. The next step: Purchasing equipment and grapes.
With $1,400 in the bank, Dan and Michael managed to buy a half-ton of pinot noir grapes from Everett Ridge, in the Russian River appellation. The next challenge: Actually making the wine. Neither man had problems using other people’s equipment for most of the winemaking, but Michael insisted on purchasing a used barrel and his own hand-cranked de-stemmer/crusher. Finding the barrel was easy; finding the other tool proved to be a bigger challenge. Finally, with harvest approaching, they bought the device from a friend. All told, Dan and Michael estimate they spent about $400 of their cash on equipment and about $1,000 on grapes. Once the wine was in the barrel, they made enough labels for 24 cases. Those early labels read KOSTA BROWNE. They looked eerily like the ones we use today.

Jeb Dunnuck – 97 Points

A beautiful Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley brought up in 34% new French oak, the 2017 Chardonnay One Sixteen sports a medium gold color as well as a rich, powerful bouquet of caramelized citrus, white currants, toasted hazelnuts, and brioche. Deep, rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully textured, it has flawless balance, bright acidity, and is a profound Chardonnay that will stand beside the finest white Burgundies. Jun/2019 —Jeb Dunnuck

Wine Enthusiast – 94 Points

From a blend of sites in the appellation, including Keefer, Zio Tony and Ritchie, this is a bright, salty and broadly expansive white that’s gorgeously aromatic in wet earth and rose petal. The flavors are fruity in peach and pear, with a richness that is honed by the complementary acidity. Apr/2020 —VIRGINIE BOONE


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Robert Parker’s ‘The Wine Advocate’

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Stephen Tanzer’s ‘International Wine Cellar’

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Wine Spectator – winespectator.com

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Wine Enthusiast – winemag.com

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Allen Meadows ‘Burghound’ – burghound.com

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Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine – cgcw.com

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Wine & Spirits – wineandspiritsmagazine.com

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Antonio Galloni ‘VINOUS’ – vinousmedia.com

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Jancis Robinson – Jancis Robinson.com

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Jeb Dunnuck – jebdunnuck.com.com

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