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Kosta Browne Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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14.6% ABV
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14.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Verdant and supple, with dark plum and stone fruit character, hints of apple blossom. Boysenberry and concentrated wild berry fruit distinguish a dense, juicy core. Savory minerality is complemented by a bright acidity, defining the center palate. The mouthful is ample and plush, with a lingering finish.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Much more earthy, mineral-driven and structured, the 2011 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard, which saw only 9% stem inclusion and 16 months in 50% new French oak, exhibits deep, layered aromas and flavors of black currants, underbrush, loamy soil, mint and tobacco to go with a medium-bodied, broad and big-boned profile on the palate. Beautifully focused, with brilliant purity and lively acidity, it is a serious, Burgundian effort that will benefit from short-term cellaring and shine for over a decade. Drink 2015-2021.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Offers a plump and fleshy medley of dark berry - blueberry, blackberry and wild berry - gaining depth and dimension. Firms pleasantly on the finish. Drink now through 2020.
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Kosta Browne

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Kosta Browne, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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For almost 20 years, Kosta Browne has crafted intensely-flavored and balanced wines from the finest regions in California, including the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. Founders Dan Kosta, Michael Browne and Chris Costello's dedication to quality, stewardship and commitment to customer relationships has propelled the brand to industry leader, producing some of the most sought-after new world Pinot Noirs.

Santa Lucia Highlands

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Perhaps the most highly regarded appellation within Monterey County, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA benefits from a combination of warm morning sunshine and bracing afternoon breezes. This allows grapes to ripen slowly and fully, resulting in concentrated, flavorful wines that retain their natural acidity. Wineries here do not shy away from innovation, and place a high priority on “green” viticultural practices.

The climatic conditions here are perfectly suited to the production of ripe, rich Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These Burgundian varieties dominate an overwhelming percentage of plantings, though growers have also found success with Syrah, Riesling, and Pinot Gris.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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