Kosta Browne 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir


93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. Powerful aromas of dark berries, potpourri and smoky Moroccan spices. Sweet, fleshy and deeply pitched, offering expansive black raspberry and spicecake flavors and a sexy floral pastille nuance. Silky tannins build slowly on the finish, which lingers with excellent, floral-dominated persistence. Showing a darker character than the Sonoma bottlings but just as much vivacity. (ST)  (5/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A beautiful effort that certainly competes with the single-vineyard releases, the 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands offers up a gorgeous bouquet of black cherries, black raspberry, wild herbs, rose petal and Asian spice to go with a medium-bodied, layered, balanced and rich palate feel. Rounded, with solid richness and upfront fruit, this knockout Pinot Noir will drink nicely for over a decade. This was another stacked lineup by the team of Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. All of these wines showed the more approachable style of the 2012 vintage, and had seamless, elegant characters. They're beautiful now, but I suspect they will evolve nicely given their overall balance. (JD)  (10/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Presents a rich, powerful display of blackberry, raspberry, spice and floral scents, with touches of smoky oak, anise and dusty earth and a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022. (JL)  (9/2014)

90 points Vinous

 The 2012 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) is the most overt of the appellation wines. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, new leather and mint blossom as this textured Pinot show off its hugely inviting personality. (AG)  (1/2015)

The Santa Lucia Highlands is one of the crown jewels of California viticulture, growing and producing some of the state’s best cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. The appellation encompasses more than 5,000 acres of prime vineyards, planted on the elevated terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range. The area’s unique character was recognized with official AVA status in 1991. The 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a blend of five vineyards; Garys’, Pisoni, Rosella’s, Sierra Mar and Soberanes. These vineyards are located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands and are built upon a tradition of high quality hand-winegrowing. We are so grateful for the friendship of the Pisoni and Franscioni families, whose own friendship spans three generations and who provided us access to this spectacular fruit.


This wine displays deep notes of orange peel, cherries, and five-spice and is supported by hints of ginger, strawberry and rhubarb.

On the palate:

Our Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a luscious mouth-filling wine. It is deeply structured with supple tannins centered in the mid-palate. A sweet and sour mix of red and black fruits, such as penetrating red cherry and blackberry dominate, ending in a clean strawberry and dark cherry finish. 

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