2011 Kosta Browne "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1150713 92 points 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)  (6/2013)

91 points 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)  (8/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a plump and fleshy medley of dark berry--blueberry, blackberry and wild berry--gaining depth and dimension. Firms pleasantly on the finish. (JL)  (9/2013)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (10/2013)

90 points Vinous

 Layers of dark black cherry and plum flesh out in the 2011 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard. A dark, broad-shouldered wine, the 2011 boasts terrific depth and pure volume. Hints of cola, spice, menthol and crushed rocks inform the tense, yet enveloping finish. This is a gorgeous wine that captures both the typical forward Kosta Browne fruit while also expressing the vibrancy of the year. (AG)  (7/2013)

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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.


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Santa Lucia Highlands