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2012 Kosta Browne - Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
abv 14.5%
  • 93 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 357220-2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Exhibiting rich dark berry, raspberry, mocha and savory herb notes, this is very complex and well-built, with firm, fine-grained tannins that give the flavors traction.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Similarly styled (to the 2010), the 2012 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown has plenty of charred spices, plum, licorice, scorched earth and dried flowers to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich, yet nicely focused style on the palate. It took plenty of air, so decant if drinking anytime soon. It should have a solid 8-10 years of evolution.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Vivid ruby-red. Deeper in pitch and darker in character than the Kanzler, displaying scents of blackberry, violet and licorice. Smoky mineral and spice notes lift dark berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors, with a cola nuance emerging on the back half. Rich yet lively pinot, with excellent finishing focus and length and lingering floral character.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2014
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  • Kosta-Browne started its supersonic trek to celebrity status in 1997, when pals Dan Kosta and Michael Browne pooled their restaurant tips and purchased a half ton of Pinot Noir, a manual crusher-de-stemmer and a used barrel. Adding the business and investment-savy Chris Costello gave Kosta Browne the requisite resources to expand into the Pinot force they are today. Fruit is sourced from top-notch vineyards in the Russian River, Sonoma Coast, and Santa Lucia Highlands. Their philosophy is to make Pinots that express intense flavor and the "sweet spot" of their respective vineyards. In addition to their vineyard-designate wines, Kosta Browne also produces two blends: one from the Sonoma Coast and the other from Russian River.

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    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 464 bottles owned
    • 120 collectors