Pure, rich and direct, almost syrupy, with thick, persistent layers of dark berry fruit. (JL, Web-2012)
Saturated red. Deeply scented aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and violet, with a subtle smoky undertone. Deep, gently chewy dark berry preserve flavors are firmed by fine-grained tannins and pick up an exotic note of rose pastille with air. Open-knit, round and seductively sweet, with excellent finishing clarity and sappy persistence. This gained power in the glass while maintaining striking freshness and energy. (ST)
*Two Stars* Sweetly oaked, scented with a touch of crème brulée and a slight touch softer in overall structure than the family model predicts, this rounded and comparatively open wine seems the most developed of the Kosta Browne bunch. It ends with a bit of last-minute firmness that allays any worry that it might fade away soon, and its appealing mix of well-extracted cherry-like fruit and gentle oak spice easily outdistances its scant finishing tannins.
An easy to appreciate nose jumps from the glass to reveal an appealing mix of both upper and lower register fruit elements along with spice, underbrush and wood hints that dissolve into rich, round and sappy middle weight plus flavors that possess an attractive mouth feel as there is good dry extract that buffers the moderately firm tannins that confer a dusty texture to the serious, reasonably well-balanced and lingering finish where about the only nit is a mild edginess.
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