2012 Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. Powerful aromas of dark berries, potpourri and smoky Moroccan spices. Sweet, fleshy and deeply pitched, offering expansive black raspberry and spicecake flavors and a sexy floral pastille nuance. Silky tannins build slowly on the finish, which lingers with excellent, floral-dominated persistence. Showing a darker character than the Sonoma bottlings but just as much vivacity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beautiful effort that certainly competes with the single-vineyard releases, the 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands offers up a gorgeous bouquet of black cherries, black raspberry, wild herbs, rose petal and Asian spice to go with a medium-bodied, layered, balanced and rich palate feel. Rounded, with solid richness and upfront fruit, this knockout Pinot Noir will drink nicely for over a decade. This was another stacked lineup by the team of Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. All of these wines showed the more approachable style of the 2012 vintage, and had seamless, elegant characters. They're beautiful now, but I suspect they will evolve nicely given their overall balance. (JD)
Presents a rich, powerful display of blackberry, raspberry, spice and floral scents, with touches of smoky oak, anise and dusty earth and a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022.
The 2012 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) is the most overt of the appellation wines. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, new leather and mint blossom as this textured Pinot show off its hugely inviting personality. (AG)