April 15, 2020|In Winery Spotlight

Kosta Browne: Putting Californian Pinot Noir on the Map

Kosta Browne has been making wine for almost 20 years, under the guidance of its three founders, Dan Kosta, Michael Browne and Chris Costello. They started out with little more than a shared love of Pinot Noir and the desire to go and make some of their own.

For the first decade or so they worked hard with little pay-off. They scraped by and said it was quite the test of their resolve. But in 2005 after 9 years, interest in what they were doing grew and they began to gain recognition for their winemaking style. The long awaited ‘overnight success’ struck and the challenge became less one of ‘staying alive’ to one of trying to keep up with the attention and demands while continuing their commitment to quality. A difficult feat, but one they proved to be possible. From then, critics have been singing their praises and their wines are coveted the world over.

California Pinot Noir endures in the fine wine world and Kosta Browne are delighted to be a continued part of that conversation.

Welcoming Kosta Browne to Dhall & Nash

Only a privileged few receive an allocation from Kosta Browne. So when Dhall and Nash received an invite to a minute allocation, we were simultaneously overjoyed and humbled. This is less an invite, more a ticket into a super exclusive club. Our reputation for ‘respecting those who create wonders by patiently loving, toiling and knowing their small piece of land through the generations’ is reaching the highest pantheon of producers around the world.

Simply put, Kosta Browne is one of the handful of producers that put Californian Pinot Noir on the map and is now touted as one of the greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in the world.

In 2011, Wine Spectator rated their 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir as the #1 Wine in the World. It became known as Sonoma County’s ‘long road to overnight success’ and Kosta Browne became a cult – their wines, glittering gems, rare as hen’s teeth. Vintage after vintage the quality grew and the reviews ever more rave…

“I’d say it’s the finest lineup I’ve ever tasted from this estate…”
– Robert Parker, Wine Advocate


“These wines show why Kosta Browne is among the top Pinot Producers in California.”
– Antonio Gallani, Vinous

So, Who is Kosta Browne?

Kosta Browne began as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In the summer of 1997, while working at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa, California, Dan and Michael decided to venture into winemaking. They saved their tip money and eventually had enough to buy a half ton of Pinot Noir, a used barrel, and an old hand-crank stemmer-crusher, a purchase that marks the beginning of Kosta Browne. Since that vintage, they have nurtured relationships with the best growers and honed their winemaking skills, making sure to focus on the vision and values with which they began.

What is Their Secret?

Identifying the best terroir and vineyard sites in California for exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, followed by a heady mix of both very traditional and highly innovative methods of winemaking – a combination of open top concrete fermenters, concrete eggs for exceptional texture and large oak Foudres also for fermentation and, critically, for ageing.

The 2017 vintage was incredibly expressive and concentrated, producing incredibly textured and long lived wines. Dhall & Nash has received just 24 bottles each of the iconic Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We are proud to bring this rare opportunity to you – our valued customers – so that you may better appreciate and indulge in these wonders that you so well deserve.

2017 Kosta Browne One Sixteen Russian River Valley Chardonnay
“… this is a bright, salty and broadly expansive white that’s gorgeously aromatic in wet earth and rose petal. The flavors are fruity in peach and pear, with a richness that is honed by the complementary acidity.”
Wine Enthusiast Magazine (94 points)

2017 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Bright citrus rind with fresh cranberry, strawberry and a touch of baking spice on the nose. Broad, with a supportive acid structure which highlights the notes of raspberry, pomegranate and well-balanced oak.