2012 Kosta Browne "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1186591 94 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Richness and well-ripened fruit have become hallmarks of good Santa Lucia Highland Pinot Noirs, and, although this one shows plenty of both, it ranks with the top wines of its provenance by dint of its exceptional balance and riveting depth. It is ripe and wonderfully juicy, but it is far more than that, and it shows terrific vitality and length. It begs for at least three or four years of patience, and it shows every sign of improving for a great many more.  (7/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. High-pitched red and dark berry aromas are complicated by a sexy floral nuance and a hint of smokiness. Sappy and precise on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, cherry-cola and spicecake flavors with a touch of bitter chocolate. Fine-grained tannins build smoothly through the finish, which leaves sweet floral pastille and dark berry notes behind. (ST)  (5/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard, which was completely destemmed and aged 16 months in barrel, has a fresh, focused style to go with pretty rose petal, bright red fruits and mint on the nose. It shows the vineyard's purity and freshness nicely, has medium-bodied richness and a silky texture. Relatively forward and already enjoyable, it should nevertheless evolve nicely on its balance. 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)  (10/2014)

92 points Vinous

 Cranberry, orange peel, spice and rose petal lift from the 2012 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard. Here the style is decidedly floral, perfumed and precise, all signatures of this site on the northern edge of the Santa Lucia Highlands. (AG)  (1/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Pure and rich, with vivid blackberry, wild berry and raspberry flavors that are snappy and zesty, offering lively acidity and firm tannins marked by a touch of stemminess. Ends with an elegant, layered finish. (JL)  (9/2014)

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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.
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United States

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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Lucia Highlands