Kosta Browne 2017 Bootlegger's Hill Pinot Noir

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WE97 Wine Enthusiast 97 Points

JS96 James Suckling 96 Points

This is a cooler and later-ripening site, planted to an array of clones. Dried flowers and forest-wood aromas with leafy and sappy notes lead to a palate that has ripeness and lighter fruit flavors. Nicely detailed and very silky tannins and latent, rich blue-fruit flavors. Drink or hold.

JD94 Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points

Brought up in 45% new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Bootlegger's Hill Vineyard reveals a medium ruby/translucent color as well as a complex bouquet of redcurrants, leafy herbs, damp earth, iodine, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, with an elegant texture, lots of classic Russian River spice, and outstanding length. it shows the more elegant streamlined style of the vintage, yet I suspect it's going to age gracefully. Give bottles 2-3 years and it should keep for a decade.

Winemaker Notes

Focused and profound fruit aromas ofraspberry and strawberry emerge. Subtle notes ofsarsaparilla and sage work in harmony. A pristine vintage that is plush yet firm, with great depth on the palate. Supple tannins and a hint of oak lead to a remarkably long finish.