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Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2009 Named Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year

November 17, 2011

Wine Spectator has named Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2009 as its 2011 Wine of the Year. Retailing at $52 a bottle, the wine rated 95 points on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale. It comprises fruit from three vineyards—Gap’s Crown, Terra de Promissio, and a new site, Walala Vineyard—and spent about a year in new oak. 5,818 cases were made. Founded by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne, former waiters who pooled their tips to begin making wine together in 1997, Kosta Browne is now backed by Sonoma-based investment firm Vincraft, which took a controlling stake for close to $40 million in September 2009. For a list of Wine Spectator’s top 10 Wines of 2011, click here.

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