Saturday, April 17, 2010

2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard

Popped and poured tonight for Zelda's birthday at Melange in Haddonfield, NJ. Gorgeous ruby color in the glass as always. On the nose, once again, it has that "oh so" distinctive Kosta Browne nose that you could pick out of the group blind. Sweet cherry cola, raspberry and spice on the nose, with secondary nuances of raspberry and strawberry. A tiny bit of alcohol comes through on the nose, but it is very subtle, and I would guess this would blow off with an hour in the decanter.

On the palate, this wine seems very light from the get go. Nice red and berry fruits on the palate, with again, some cherry cola and hints of raspberry. The baked cherry pie dominates the palate on this wine, and that is not a bad thing in the least. Subtle spices come through, and in my opinion, the oak is totally integrated in this wine. Again, it is light, and if anything, it lacked just the slightest bit of acidity and minerality. Stood up surprisingly well to the Cajun spices in the dinner, as well as the mustard in my rack of lamb. Not mind blowing, but a great pinot, although a bit overpriced based on the complexity of this wine. Regardless, I'm still a fan. 90 points. Cheers!

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