93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Harvest between September 6th and October 2nd, the 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands is a flat out gorgeous Pinot Noir that offers tons of black raspberries, crushed flowers and spice-like characteristics on the nose. Seeing 16 months in 40% new French oak, it has a polished, creamy, sexy texture, yet backs it up with terrific mid-palate depth and a great finish. It should be at its best in another year or so and have a decade or more of longevity. It's just as good as a number of the more expensive single vineyards releases. (JD) (10/2015)
93 points Wine Spectator
Rustic and edgy, in an alluring style, with a crushed rock minerality to the vivid dark berry, raspberry and subtle earth and herb touches. The finish gains momentum and carries the flavors a long way. Drink now through 2021. (JL) (8/2015)
91 points Connoisseurs Guide
As a group, Kosta Browne's Santa Lucia Highlands Pinots are particularly successful in 2013, and, even in this, the winery's basic appellation bottling, that success is palpable. The wine is fleshy and lithe with a wealth of ripe, well-defined, black cherry fruit, and while it may not be quite as deep as those from Garys' and Rosella's vineyards, it tempers its ready richness with a bit of tailoring that affords it a sense of polish and poise all its own. It is sure to tempt early drinking but is balanced to last and will hold up effortlessly for many years. (10/2015)
90 points Vinous
A dark, fleshy wine, the 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands is all about texture and exuberance. Black cherry, plum, smoke, spice and new leather abound. Beams of refreshing acidity give the 2013 a palpable sense of energy and vitality to the flavors. The supple finish suggests the 2013 is best enjoyed over the next handful of years. (AG) (5/2015)
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 2013 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 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, allspice, nutmeg and five-spice with a hint of rhubarb and strawberry compote.
On the palate:
Our Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a deeply structured wine. The supple soft tannins give a full mouthfeel with cinnamon and five spice centered in the mid-palate. A mix of dark fruits, such as cranberry and blackberry dominate, ending in a resounding strawberry and dark cherry finish.