2013 Kosta Browne "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (Previously 150)
*Three Stars* Pinots from this well-regarded vineyard are rarely wanting in richness, and while this one convincingly makes just that point, it shows a degree of crafting and polish that very few do. It is rich, it is concentrated and it is surprisingly complex in its youth with layers of creamy oak, subtle herbs, spice and brioche underpinned by deep and ongoing, ripe cherry fruit. It is showy stuff, but it is also terrifically well-balanced, and even if there is nothing about it that dissuades drinking now, there is plenty to suggest that it is some years away from reaching its very considerable best.
The 2013 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is quite open and expressive. Dark plum, pomegranate, blood orange and exotic spices open up in a dense, voluptuous Pinot to drink over the next few years, once the tannins settle down a bit. The silky, textured finish is incredibly inviting, but the best is still to come. The high acidity of the vintage is quite apparent at this stage. The inclusion of around 10% whole clusters works nicely here. (AG)
Fresh and vibrant, featuring snappy wild berry, cola, raspberry and dusty earth notes. Tight but expansive, with the fruit playing a bigger role toward the finish, where the tannins grip and hold the flavors. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the more tight and backwards efforts from this vineyard, the 2013 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard was mostly destemmed (19% whole clusters) and aged 16 months in 46% new French oak. Medium-bodied, focused and downright racy on the palate, it still has some whole cluster notes in its sappy spring flowers, cassis and black raspberry-scented bouquet. It’s a beautiful wine, but needs 2-3 years of cellaring. (JD)