Kosta Browne 2011 Gap's Crown Pinot Noir
94 points Connoisseurs Guide
If tilting a touch more to ripeness than most of its North Coast kin, this bottling does not err to softness, and its big-shouldered style comes with lots of firm muscle. It is a big, well-extracted, very substantial Pinot, to be sure, with abundant flavors of raspberries and sweet cherries, and it carries a strong imprint of rich oak. Its lengthy flavors are underpinned by a firm streak of tannin, and it ends with the kind of finishing grip that predicts a very good future. *Two Stars* (10/2013)
93 points Vinous
One of the more finessed wines in this range, the 2011 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard is showing beautifully today. Bright saline notes underpin the blue/black fruit in an intense Pinot loaded with personality. At once rich yet powerful, the 2011 is wonderfully balanced. The Gap's Crown plays in all dimensions, from floral, high-toned aromatics to dark, baritone-inflected fruit, the Gap's Crown has it all. For that reason, it is one of the best wines in the range. Kosta Browne has recently signed a long-term lease at Gap's Crown, which is run by the same group that owns the winery. While the Gaps' Crown Pinot itself is terrific, what really stands out is the importance of site and control over farming as key factors that determinine overall quality. (AG) (2/2014)
93 points Wine Spectator
Strikes a beautiful balance between ripe plum, raspberry and black cherry notes and subtle, delicate floral, lavender and anise scents, turning supple and graceful on the finish. (JL) (9/2013)
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Intense, spice-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by notes of woodsmoke and licorice. Highly perfumed on the palate, which offers sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Closes smooth and long, with resonating spiciness and subtle, well-knit tannins. (ST) (5/2013)
The Gap’s Crown vineyard is owned and managed by Gap’s Crown, LLC and is located in the Petaluma Wind Gap. Kosta Browne Winery has purchased Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir grapes since 2006 and now enjoys a long term lease of 37 planted acres. “It has been the backbone of our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir program and contributed to our 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir being awarded Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year in 2011,” says Michael Browne, founder of Kosta Browne Winery. Their viticulture is second to none, producing some of the finest grapes in Sonoma County.
Wildflowers, cherry and huckleberry are followed by truffles and baking chocolate.
On the palate:
Precise and textured with chocolate cherry and briary fruit on the front palate. Notes of orange flower and fennel seed define a long and smooth finish.