A balanced Chard that stands tall with its Russian River neighbors. Hints of peach, citrus, white currant, brioche, a touch of chalk, and a deep rich mouthfeel. Not a stretch to claim this upstart from the States could hang with the fine whites of Burgundy.
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.