KOSTA BROWNE 2016 ONE SIXTEEN CHARDONNAY



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 famous Chardonnay vineyards that we work with for this wine are from the coolest parts of the Russian River Valley. Here, fruit is allowed to mature gracefully on the vine, which we find offers us more intensely focused flavors and generous natural acidity. 

Nose: Meyer lemon with hints of honeycomb and orange blossom. Oyster shell, wet stone with a kiss of struck flint.

Mouth: Rich with acidity and elegance. Textural with an everlasting finish.

Reviews and Awards

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93 / 100
Bottled in December and sourced from sites mostly in the Russian River (there’s a small amount of Sonoma Coast in here), the 2016 Chardonnay One Sixteen is the larger production cuvée of the estate and could be thought of as the flagship Chardonnay. It reveals the fresher, crisper style of all the wines from Kosta Browne today and has lively notes of green citrus, stone fruits, toasted almonds, and white flowers. Steely and vibrant today, with beautiful purity, it’s going to flesh out nicely with a year in bottle and keep for 6-7 years.