2010 Kosta Browne "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1127068 95 points Connoisseurs Guide

 In terms of concentration and weight this very generous working is right in step with its kindred AVA mates, yet, for all of its considerable substance, it is not overly beholden to ripeness and is always governed by constant and very keen Pinot fruit. It is both full and balanced, and it keeps its tannins in check. It serves as inarguable proof that size is far from being a de facto fault, and we expect it will impress even more with a few years of age. *Three Stars*  (10/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and generous, with open-knit plum, black cherry and wild berry fruit, firming on the finish, where the tannins offer an aftertaste of crushed rock and pebble. Drink now through 2022. (JL)  (8/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard is much more immediate, round and juicy than the Garys', Kosta-Browne's other vineyard-designate Pinot from the Santa Lucia Highlands. A blast of black and blue fruits hits the palate in this exuberant, flashy wine. An exotic hint of pomegranate and orange peel add an exotic flair that is undeniably appealing. Today, the Rosella's comes across as more typical of the Santa Lucia Highlands than the Garys'. (AG)  (4/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full ruby. Seductive bouquet of candied raspberry, cherry, star anise and rose oil, complemented by a hint of vanilla. Supple and seamless on the palate, with deeply pitched red and dark berry flavors picking up smokiness with air. Fine-grained tannins add shape and grip to the very long finish, which hints at sweet floral pastilles. (ST)  (8/2012)

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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.


- 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.
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Santa Lucia Highlands