2015 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

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Rust, rock and stone. Blueberry and blackberry. Very aromatic. Full to medium body, tight and linear. Racy and so fine. Tangy acidity. Needs two to three years to soften. But a fascinating wine now to taste.

James Suckling | 96 JS
From a site purchased by the team in 2012, the 2015 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch comes from the heart of the Green Valley (this is the classic Goldridge soils, as well as smaller amount of clay). Completely destemmed in 2015 and aged 75% in a mix of wood or concrete. Its ruby color is followed by a perfumed, lifted bouquet of caramelized plums, raspberries, flowers, exotic spices and blood orange. Powerful and concentrated, yet still light on its feet and gracefully, with fine tannin and integrated acidity, it’s a seriously good Pinot Noir from this team that’s going to evolve through 2025.

Jeb Dunnuck | 95 JD
The 2015 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch is a gorgeous and super-expressive wine in which all of the elements come together, unlike some of the other 2015s that are a bit aggressive at this stage, the Keefer is wonderfully expressive, nuanced and inviting. Red fruit, blood orange, mint and sweet spice notes add to the wine's considerable appeal. If I had an opportunity to buy any of these wines, the Keefer would be at or near the top of my list. The 2015 is an especially refined Russian River Pinot.

Vinous Media | 94 VM
A wine of substance and finesse, full of supple earth, gravel-laced berry and plum flavors. A charmer. Drink now through 2022. 2,238 cases made. — JL

Wine Spectator | 90 WS

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Vintage 2015
Color Red
Country US: As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Producer Kosta Browne
Rating 96 JS
Region California: With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world's most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region's produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it. While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California's most talented. Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover would die to visit. California's quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine.
Type of Wine California Red: Whether it's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel, Californian red wine producers have a lovely habit of taking a varietal and expressing its essence in a unique, never before seen way. From Napa Valley to the regions south of Los Angeles, there's a red for everyone - and it's never too late to start exploring.
Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.
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