2011 Kosta Browne "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Candied red and dark berries and rose pastille on the highly perfumed nose and in the mouth. Shows impressive depth as well as energy, with an emphatic spiciness that builds with air. Closes sweet and very long, with resonating floral and spice notes and just a hint of tannins. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Much more earthy, mineral-driven and structured, the 2011 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard, which saw only 9% stem inclusion and 16 months in 50% new French oak, exhibits deep, layered aromas and flavors of black currants, underbrush, loamy soil, mint and tobacco to go with a medium-bodied, broad and big-boned profile on the palate. Beautifully focused, with brilliant purity and lively acidity, it is a serious, Burgundian effort that will benefit from short-term cellaring and shine for over a decade. Drink 2015-2021. (JD)
Offers a plump and fleshy medley of dark berry--blueberry, blackberry and wild berry--gaining depth and dimension. Firms pleasantly on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 313 cases made.
Following the example set by its partner from the Pisoni Vineyard, this bottling begins on a somewhat subdued note in the nose but follows up on its aromatic themes of mildly oak-sweetened cherries with flavors that are riper and substantially more gutsy than promised. If not out of bounds, this is a fleshy, full-bodied Pinot of real richness and heft, and it more than makes up in sheer fruity stuffing for what it may lack in grace. It does not require lengthy keeping, but it nonetheless has room for a bit of growth, and it will easily hold for another half-dozen years.