The last of the appellation releases, the 2014 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast was brought up in 55% new French oak, which is slightly more than the 2013. Deep, rich and earthy, with notes of bouquet garni, smoked earth, licorice and dark fruits, it has full-bodied richness, a big mid-palate and is packed with gorgeous amounts of fruit. It's a big, rich wine from this cool climate appellation, yet I suspect it will show more classic Sonoma Coast characteristics with a year or two in bottle. It's a beautiful wine. (JD)
The Kosta Browne family traits of deep, fully ripened fruit and rich oak are not disguised here, and, like its equally showy mate reviewed just above, it is long on surprisingly accessible fruit and easy to taste for the young wine that it is. That is not to say that it is in any way simple or too soft for keeping as its very inviting succulence is backed up by balancing acidity, and its persistent fruit is assurance enough that four or five years in the cellar will make a very good thing even better.
The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is another delicious appellation-level Pinot. Sweet floral and spice notes give the 2014 much of its delicate, understated personality. Medium bodied and gracious, the 2014 is all about finesse, delicacy and balance. It should drink well for the next handful of years. (AG)
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