2010 Kosta Browne "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (Previously 140)
In terms of concentration and weight this very generous working is right in step with its kindred AVA mates, yet, for all of its considerable substance, it is not overly beholden to ripeness and is always governed by constant and very keen Pinot fruit. It is both full and balanced, and it keeps its tannins in check. It serves as inarguable proof that size is far from being a de facto fault, and we expect it will impress even more with a few years of age.
Ripe and generous, with open-knit plum, black cherry and wild berry fruit, firming on the finish, where the tannins offer an aftertaste of crushed rock and pebble. Drink now through 2022.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full ruby. Seductive bouquet of candied raspberry, cherry, star anise and rose oil, complemented by a hint of vanilla. Supple and seamless on the palate, with deeply pitched red and dark berry flavors picking up smokiness with air. Fine-grained tannins add shape and grip to the very long finish, which hints at sweet floral pastilles.
The 2010 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard is much more immediate, round and juicy than the Garys', Kosta-Browne's other vineyard-designate Pinot from the Santa Lucia Highlands. A blast of black and blue fruits hits the palate in this exuberant, flashy wine. An exotic hint of pomegranate and orange peel add an exotic flair that is undeniably appealing. Today, the Rosella's comes across as more typical of the Santa Lucia Highlands than the Garys'. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.