2010 Kosta Browne "Gap's Crown Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1117028 96 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (10/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (8/2012)

93 points 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)  (10/2014)

93 points 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)  (5/2012)

93 points Vinous

 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)  (7/2013)

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.  (9/2012)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).