AldenAlli is the culmination of two families’ expertise in combining superior food, wine, and hospitality.
The friendship between Dan Kosta and Alden Lagasse grew from the love of sharing exceptional food, wine and hospitality with others— often for philanthropic causes. Over many dinners and family memories the AldenAlli collaboration was born in 2013. Today AldenAlli crafts terroir-driven wines to share with their extended wine family all over the world.
Dan Kosta, President & Co-Founder
Dan Kosta has over 20 years of experience in the Sonoma County wine industry, specifically
as the leading producer of ultra-premium California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
A native son of Sonoma wine country, Dan’s lifelong love of food and wine led him to a career in the restaurant industry, utilizing skills learned as a child to navigate through a series of world class restaurants as a backwaiter, waiter, bartender, maître d’, operations manager and finally as wine director at the acclaimed John Ash & Company in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. It was there that Dan and his business partner Michael Browne cultivated Kosta Browne Winery in 1997. The success of Kosta Browne Pinot Noir, combined with Dan’s extensive hospitality background, established him as a natural leader in the global wine industry.
Alden Lagasse, Co-Founder
The Lagasse Family has a self-explanatory history in the food and wine industry.
Most recently, Alden Lagasse co-founded the Cajun Caviar company, producing premium domestic caviar. The founding of AldenAlli in 2013 introduced Alden to the California wine industry. She now offers culinary, design and social influence that continues to contribute greatly to the goal of defining AldenAlli as a world-class winery. The Founders of AldenAlli met through their shared passion for making a difference through philanthropy. Beyond producing premier wines, AldenAlli will be committed to partnering generously with organizations that support worthwhile causes and giving back to communities that are in need.
Current Wine Offering
2017 ALDENALLI PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COAST
The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is the cornerstone of our winemaking program. The 2017 vintage is medium-bodied. Aromas of bright raspberry emanate from the glass, accentuated with hints of spice. The palate evokes flavors of blackberry and summer's first fig, complemented with notes of cocoa dust and soft, sweet oak. A clean, complete finish bookends each sip.
|Vineyards:||Campbell Ranch (72%), Sunchase (22%), Gaps Crown (6%)|
|Clones:||777, 115, 828. 667, 114|
|Harvest Date:||September 6th - 18th, 2017|
|Harvest Brix:||23.7 to 25.2|
|Barrel Aging:||10 months in 14% new oak barrels|
|Coopers||Boutes, Taransaud, Gamba|
2018 ALDENALLI CHARDONNAY, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
We are pleased to offer you a white wine this Autumn with our 2018 Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County. This wine is light yet complex, and shines with a straw color in the glass. A bright nose invites delicate scents of fresh lemon curd. The nuanced palate balances Meyer lemon with slight pineapple flavors and refreshing minerality. The invigorating mouthfeel of citrus leads into a lengthy finish that echoes each note in harmony.
|Appellation:||Santa Barbara County|
|Vineyards:||Sierra Madre Farms|
|Clones:||Robert Young & 4|
|Harvest Date:||October 23rd, 2018|
|Harvest Brix:||23.4 & 22.5|
|Barrel Aging:||6 months in neutral barrels|
Shane Finley, Winemaker
A longtime friend of Dan Kosta, Shane Finley has been the winemaker for AldenAlli since the inaugural vintage. Among many other notable achievements, Shane was at the helm of the cellar responsible for crafting the 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir that received Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” recognition.