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Our Story

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.

 

Our Founders

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.

Winemaker:   Shane Finley
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
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
Alcohol: 14.1%
pH: 3.62
TA: 6.0 g/L

 

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.

Winemaker:   Shane Finley
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
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.40
TA: 7.0 g/L

 

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.

 

Articles

Wine of the Year: The Aspen Times
Lagasse Pays it Forward for North Bay Fire Victims
AldenAlli Winery Raises $46,000 for Fire Recovery

 

Press Releases

AldenAlli Winery Raises $46,000 for Fire Recovery

 

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