2010 Kosta Browne "Gap's Crown Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
This compelling wine earns top honors among this year's outstanding collection of Kosta Browne Pinot Noirs by dint of the extra complexity and layering that accompanies its precise, wonderfully pure varietal fruit. Its starts out with lovely aromas of ripe cherries, toast and sweet smoke, and its rich but ever-buoyant flavors deepen and gain in richness en route to a amazingly long finish. As supple and inviting as it may be at the moment, the wine is so keenly composed and well-structured that it should continue to evolve and reveal even more a half-dozen years hence.
Broad-shouldered, very ripe and rich, with great intensity and concentration to the baked berry notes, mixing blueberry, wild berry, plum and raspberry. Ends with fresh earth, wilted rose and subtle berry flavors. Drink now through 2020.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown is a smoking effort that has both aromatic complexity and richness and depth on the palate. Offering up a slightly savory, exotic profile of darker berry fruit, ground herbs, olive, spiced meats and forest floor, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a core of sweet fruit and an all-round mouth filling, layered and concentrated profile. It took an hour to open up, so decant if drinking anytime soon. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. Heady, expansive bouquet of candied red and dark berries, incense and Asian spices, with a smoky accent coming up with aeration. Sappy, palate-staining black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth and energy, picking up floral and cinnamon nuances on the back half. The finish repeats the spicy note and clings with excellent tenacity. (ST)
Another highlight, the 2010 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard is one of the most vivid, totally alive wines in this lineup. There is a lot going on in the glass, starting with beautifully delineated aromatics, great definition in the fruit and a long, creamy finish. Now that Kosta-Browne investor Bill Price has also purchased Gaps Crown, this site becomes an estate vineyard for the winery. All the elements are in place for the 2010 to develop beautifully in bottle, but I will not be surprised if future vintages are even better. 93+ (AG)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Black cherry liqueur aromas introduce plush and exceptionally rich flavors that possess impressive mid-palate concentration before culminating in a suave, palate coating and dusty finish that delivers fine length and solid complexity. There is a touch of warmth but if the proper serving temperature is maintained it shouldn't be a significant detraction. This could easily be enjoyed now or held for a few years first.