2019 CONVENE Pinot Noir Sunchase Vineyard

CONVENE Pinot Noir Sunchase Vineyard

¥16,500 (incl. tax)

The Sunchase Vineyard straddles the Sonoma Mountain and Petaluma Gap AVAs. At an elevation of 500 m, the vineyard wakes up to early morning fog that burns off for sunny afternoons. The constant winds blowing in from the Pacific Ocean stress the vines, keeping berries small but extending the growing season. So exquisite is the Sunchase fruit that it is purchased by some of Sonoma’s top winemakers (such as Dan Kosta). The winemaker describes this wine as featuring plum, blueberry, nutmeg and cinnamon flavors with a hint of tangerine peel. Plush tannins provide a round, yet refined mouthfeel. On the finish, notes of black cherry, green tea, and graphite coalesce with a touch of toasted oak.”


Winery Description

The Dan Kosta Wine Group is the latest step in Dan’s lifelong journey of pushing the envelope in Sonoma food and wine. Yet, his success stands in contrast to the old adage that it takes a fortune to make a small fortune in the wine business.

Though born in Santa Rosa, in the heart of Sonoma County, Dan Kosta was no heir to a wine family legacy. Rather, he discovered his passion for food and wine through high school jobs in restaurants, eventually working his way up to wine director at John Ash & Company, one of Sonoma County’s first farm-to-table restaurants. But a need to go beyond just selling wine led Kosta and best friend, Michael Browne, to dip their toes into winemaking. In 1997, with a minuscule amount of cash saved from restaurant tips, they bought enough grapes to make one barrel of Kosta Browne Pinot Noir. The rest, they say, is history - years of hard work, cultivating relationships with growers for fruit, seeking out and convincing investors, making, marketing and selling wine. However, with all the hard work, the quality and popularity of Kosta Browne Pinot Noir increased rapidly, and in 2011, their 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was named Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator. Kosta Browne’s success stands as a testament to the excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that can emerge from the diversity of soils, microclimates and cultures of Sonoma County.

Convene is Dan’s latest project, currently available in the USA only via mailing list or wine club membership. The venture is a small endeavor reminiscent of his early days, but it is also a quest to perfect wines of elegant intensity, uniting art and science to let grapes reveal themselves naturally. Convene expresses the notion that a convergence of elements are required to craft a fine wine - soil, climate, grape vines, clones - but also technology, experience, passion, and camaraderie. The wine can then encourage friends or family to convene for a meal, a special occasion, or a moment worth sharing. Convene’s winemaker is Shane Finley, formerly of Kosta Browne, who shares Dan’s vision and desire to craft Pinot Noir that harnesses the undeniable power of place. Interestingly, Convene wines are mostly appellation blends rather than single vineyard. Shane believes that “blends can be some of the most intriguing wines to make. Single vineyard wines are pure expressions of terroir; they are focused on what the site does best. Blends, in contrast, present the challenge of harmonizing disparate vineyards and all their unique characteristics. The process of melding multiple vineyards into a true representation of its appellation is tremendously rewarding.”

Dan Kosta’s new project invites wine lovers to enjoy, share, and collect the very best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. 

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Sonoma Coast
Winery DK Wine Group by Dan Kosta
Vintage 2019
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.1%
Product Code DK19SUN



Aged 15 months in 20% new French oak. 

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