2011 Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
*Two Stars* We have found it not all that uncommon for a Pinot producer's appellation bottlings to equal or even surpass some of its single-vineyard examples, and this very deep and carefully constructed effort gives its pricier partners a good run for their money. It is long on ripe-cherry fruit and accented with bright, raspberry-like notes, and it is perked up by neatly placed acidity from first sip to finish. It will keep very well by dint of its exemplary balance, yet it is so accessible and outgoing now that early drinking is a wholly guilt-free proposition.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Offering up a supple, perfumed and delicate array of kirsch, crushed berries, spice and forest floor, the 2011 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) flows onto the palate with a light, deft texture, bright acidity and a clean, nicely focused finish. This isn’t a heavy weight and excels on its aromatics and balance more than power or richness. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full ruby. A powerfully scented bouquet displays smoky black raspberry, cherry, licorice and oak spices. Pliant dark berry flavors gain energy with air, taking a turn to zestier raspberry and bitter cherry. Impressively deep but focused and energetic Pinot, with excellent finishing lift and lingering spiciness. (ST)
Drinking very well now with lots of dried-strawberry and cherry character, and hints of dusty earth. Full body with good acidity and a lightly chewy finish.
Gutsy, showing tannic muscle, this offers tidbits of dark berry, grainy and gripping tannins, cedar and crushed rock. This is complete, but should improve with cellaring. (JL)
Dark cherries, plums, smoke and menthol meld together in the 2011 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands). This is one of the more immediate wines in the range and appears to be built for near term drinking. Most of the fruit is from Sierra Mar and Soberanes. (AG)
Kosta Browne's 2011 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir was sourced from five vineyards, including the very familiar Pisoni, Garys', and Rosella's. It was aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak before bottling. From the winery: "Our Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a luscious mouth-filling wine. It is deeply structured with supple tannins centered in the mid-palate. A sweet and sour mix of red and black fruits; penetrating red cherry and blackberry dominate, ending in a clean strawberry and dark cherry finish."