Today's exciting news has been a long time coming. 

You may be aware that in July 2018 Duckhorn Wine Company purchased one of California's top producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - Kosta Browne.  Well, the wines are now part of the Rogers & Company portfolio, and we are thrilled to offer them to you.

Kosta Browne was started by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne, two friends working at a Santa Rosa, California restaurant John Ash & Co. who saved enough tip money to make their first barrel of Pinot Noir in 1997. Full of passion but short on cash, Michael developed relationships with key growers in northern California, while Dan, along with the help of a third partner, Chris Costello, worked the market and sold the wines.  The quality and popularity of Kosta Browne Pinot Noir increased dramatically very quickly and in 2011 the Sonoma Coast 2009 Pinot Noir was named Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator.

We open our offering with wines from their Appellation series. These blends are a result of the quest for the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in California. These wines are inspired by a desire to capture the essence of each growing region, by blending individual vineyards and blocks that are most expressive of their AVA.

"Along with other brands such as Williams Selyem, Dehlinger, Rochioli and Kistler, Kosta Browne was at the forefront of the California Pinot renaissance. They understood terroir, grapes, vineyards. These factors, plus that passion. They simply would not be denied."
Fred Dame, Master Sommelier, Chairman of the Board at Guildsomm.com

Today, you can order six bottle cases as described below, or a mixed case containing two bottles of each of the three Pinot Noirs; the 2018 Russian River Valley, 2018 Sta. Rita Hills and 2018 Sonoma Coast.

The mixed cases will be $1,103.74 each (at current FX), taxes and bottle deposit  included.  This includes $20.00 + hst "repacking" fee.

This offer closes on September 1st.  The wines will arrive in December 2020.

For our full list of wines, click here

To order, just reply to this email or call us at 416 961 2294. 

I am away on vacation this week, my sommelier colleague Elizabeth Clinton will be happy to assist.

Cheers,
Chris. 


Kosta Browne
"One-Sixteen"
Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017
$129.99 per 750ml bottle, cases of 6
 
The marine influence that follows the Russian River inland from the Pacific coast is a powerful attribute of this region. The fog helps keep nights cool and offers vines a break from daytime temperatures. The Chardonnay vineyards sourced for this wine are from the coolest parts of the Russian River Valley. Here, the fruit is allowed to mature gracefully on the vine, which offers more intensely focused flavours and generous natural acidity.

"A beautiful Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley brought up in 34% new French oak, the 2017 Chardonnay One-Sixteen sports a medium gold colour 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. 2020-2032."
97 points, JebDunnuck.com, June 2019
 

Kosta Browne
Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018
$179.99 per 750ml bottle, cases of 6
 
Kosta Browne works with vineyards that span a diverse and varied view into a region that many would call the heartland of California Pinot Noir, including Winner's Circle, Laguna Valdez, Klopp Laguna, Zio Tony, Jenkins, Silver Eagle, Pratt Sexton, Jenkins, Moonshine, Bootlegger's Hill, Giusti Ranch, Treehouse, and Keefer Ranch.  The goal is to create a wine that showcases the essence of this magical appellation.

Daily temperature swings in Russian River Valley allow Pinot Noir to develop intense flavours balanced by elegant body and mouthfeel.

On the nose you'll find raspberry bramble and black cherry with a subtle touch of vanilla. In the mouth it is round, with a spherical entry, then showing balance and inspiring texture.

"Starting off the Pinot Noirs, the 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley was mostly de-stemmed and brought up in 31% new French oak. Its ruby/purple hue is followed by a wonderful bouquet of black cherries, darker raspberry, spice, and hints of earth and forest floor. It's a darker, spicy Russian River Valley effort that's medium to full-bodied and has terrific balance, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It shows the purity and class that now defines this estate. It's well worth seeking out and is going to keep for at least a decade."
95 points, JebDunnuck.com, May 2020

 

Kosta Browne
Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018
$179.99 per 750ml bottle, cases of 6
 
What makes this area truly unique is the purely east/west maritime mouth that funnels cooling coastal fog and wind to the vines. One of the smaller AVAs in California, Sta. Rita Hills is one of the world's best cool-climate growing regions of Pinot Noir.

On the nose, there are bright fruits highlighted by fresh strawberry, red cherry, and cranberry, accentuated by fresh basil and a hint of pot de crème.  On the palate it is focused, with a linear entry and subtle yet excellent tension.

"The 2018 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills was 90% de-stemmed and brought up in mostly neutral oak (French and Austrian). Its ruby/purple hue is followed by a beautiful bouquet of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruits interwoven with plenty of spice, flowery incense, and violet nuances. Ethereal, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, it has a terrific sense of balance, integrated acidity, and a great finish. It's not a blockbuster Pinot by any measure yet has complexity, balance, and length. I'm a big fan."
95 points, JebDunnuck.com, Aug 2020
 

Kosta Browne
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
$179.99 per 750ml bottle, cases of 6
 
For this wine, Kosta Browne was drawn to vineyards that are particularly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and they are fortunate to work with some spectacular sites - Marshall, Gap's Crown, Thorn Ridge, Kanzler, Balletto Burnside and  Balletto Watertrough. Together, they form a singular wine that is distinctively Sonoma Coast.

Alluring notes of blackberry, blueberry, and rich raspberry on the nose.  A bold entry is followed by great tension, focus, a malleable structure, and a long finish.

"Brought up mostly in French oak, with a small amount in concrete, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has that classic Sonoma Coast pretty red fruit-driven style as well as subtle white flower, spice, and even a kiss of minerality. It's beautifully balanced and medium-bodied, with an elegant, ethereal style that still has solid structure. It will drink well for a decade.
94 points, JebDunnuck.com, May 2020

"Coming about 30% to 40% from Gap's Crown this vintage, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has very pretty, sweet berry fruits - strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb-with accents of tea leaves, dried flowers and fragrant earth. The medium-bodied palate has a great dichotomy of classic Pinot Noir fruit and amaro-like bitterness, juicy, soft and sexy with a long, spicy finish. Lovely!"
93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July 2020
 

Kosta Browne

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