on the Kosta Browne - this was actually my first time ever tasting something from this producer. I'm on the list and I have a few bottles in my cellar from the 2009 vintage, though my bottles from 2010 were traded away. The '09 is still a young wine, and I decanted it for about an hour, but I imagine it would benefit from more age just to integrate more, it seemed disjointed at times. I wouldn't necessarily call it a giant fruit bomb, because I've had other wines that were much more over the top, but it wasn't far from it either. It was complex in the way that there was a lot of different fruit flavors involved, but I found this wine to be out of balance and (as I mentioned earlier) not integrated, or at least not integrated yet. There was good acidity and fairly good depth as well, but on the flip side I was a little surprised that the alcohol seemed so pronounced. I actually enjoyed the Au Bon Climat more than this simply because of the whole "balance" thing, which is the thing I care most about in wine - the ABC had a somewhat similar profile, but didn't have the fruit on turbo mode.
as was mentioned, Wine Spectator loved this wine and gave it 95 points while naming it their #1 in one of the "most exciting" wines of the year. Maybe it's just me.