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Fairly deep garnet/ruby color and a lovely floral/berry nose. A veritable bowl of mixed red and black fruits on the palate. If you're looking for earthiness or spice, this is not the wine for you, but the fruit aspect was so deep and had so many facets, it still seemed quite complex and interesting, not to mention exceedingly luxurious and hedonistic. Great mouthfeel. Definitely ready to drink. I actually enjoyed this more than an '04 Kanzler I had this summer, which was still rather tannic. The fruit aspect of this wine reminded me of an '02 Sea Smoke Ten, but veering a bit more toward red fruits (especially sweet strawberry), whereas the Ten leaned a bit more toward black fruit.

In a field of some very tough competition, at least two tasters considered this one of their top 1-or-2 wines of the night.
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  • 2004 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (8/30/2009)
    -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours --

    NOSE: oak, raspberry, and blueberry. Not earthy, funky, or complex.

    BODY: medium to medium-full bodied; earthy mahogany color of medium depth.

    TASTE: oaky and a bit hot; dark fruits with hints of spice; kind of boring, and comes across more as a light & fresh Syrah than it does Pinot. In fact, I honestly believe I'd have a hard time pegging this as Pinot in a blind tasting. 15.4% alc.. An Arcadian that was consumed at the same time blew this out of the water. I'm very confused about all the hype these wines garner.

    B: 50, 5, 11, 16, 7 = (89 pts.)

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