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