2013 Kosta Browne "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1228227 95 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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. *Three Stars*  (10/2015)

93 points Vinous

 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)  (3/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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. Drink now through 2021. (JL)  (8/2015)

91 points 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)  (10/2015)

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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