Kosta Browne 2013 Kanzler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir


96 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Picking favorites from the long and lengthening lists of single-site bottlings that so many top-tier Pinot producers now offer is never an easy task, especially when faced with the embarrassment of riches that is the 2013 Kosta Browne lot. That said, this stunning effort from the Kanzler Vineyard certainly vies for top honors by dint of its fruity depth, its lovely balance and its uncommon marriage of richness and grace. And, please do not think that its tailoring and finesse prescribes early drinking for it cannot but get better and grow even more complex over the next five or six years. *Three Stars*  (10/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Shows wonderful depth, richness, balance and complexity, with enticing aromas and an array of blackberry, raspberry, licorice, fresh-turned earth and crushed rock flavors, ending smooth. The tannins exhibit nice grip at the very end. (JL)  (8/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The last vineyard harvested, the 2013 Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard, wasn’t brought in until between the 8th and 11th of October. Mostly destemmed and aged 16 months in just under 40% new French oak, it has a cool, fresh, perfumed style to go with lots of rose garden, framboise, black cherry and spice. Lightly textured, elegant and vibrant, it should benefit from a year in bottle and drink well through 2023. (JD)  (10/2015)

92 points Vinous

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Kanzler is soft, delicate and nuanced in the glass, with a much more floral, savory personality than the Sonoma Coast appellation Pinot. Crushed flowers, sweet tobacco, mint, game and dried cherries open up in the glass, but the 2013 remains medium in body and quite delicate. Bright saline notes give the finish its vitality and overall sense of energy. (AG)  (5/2015)

Kanzler Vineyard began in 1996 as the dream of Steve and Lynda Kanzler. The vineyard is located near the edge of the Petaluma Wind Gap in an area known as the Sebastopol Hills, which is a microclimate characterized by morning and evening fog, breezy afternoons and bright, but mild afternoon sun. The cooler temperatures allow for an extended hang time and produce grapes of uncommon intensity and complexity. The Kanzler Vineyard is usually the last Pinot Noir vineyard we harvest. The gently sloping vineyard is a former apple orchard, near the town of Sebastopol. Consisting of clones 115, 667 and Pommard, this vineyard delivers complexity, strength and purity, along with wines exhibiting a sensuous mouth feel. Our fi rst vintage of Kanzler Vineyard was in 2002 and the vineyard has proven to be unique and extremely consistent.

AROMATICS: Richly concentrated blackberry and raspberry fruit accented by violets. A subtle and pleasing minerality helps to complement the lush briary fruit.

ON THE PALATE: An abundance of black currant and wild berries. The opulent berry flavor drenches the palate. The middle softens to fig and sea-salted caramel, with restrained spice, intermingling to provide a long and decadent finish.

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