Kosta Browne

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

9.3311 ratings
9.432 pro ratings
Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

The nose reveals, floral, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, blue fruits, baked strawberries & dark berry creme de cassis, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, salted caramel, dark chocolate, anise, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, crushed dry rocks, dark asian spices, dark mocha powder, touch of black pepper, herbaceous notes, dark rich soils, notes of smoky grilled meats, dry brush with red & dark dry florals.

The body is full with a noticeable tannin structure. The structure, tension, length and balance are coming together, but better in another 2-3 years. It has an enticing, sexy mouthfeel. Floral infused, slightly candied, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, stewed black plum, blue fruits, kirsch cherries, baked strawberries & dark berry creme de cassis, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, salted caramel, dark chocolate, anise, steeped black fruit tea, limestone minerals, crushed dry rocks, dark asian spices, dark mocha powder, touch of black pepper, herbaceous notes, dark rich soils, notes of smoky grilled meats, dry brush with bright violets and red & dark dry florals. The acidity is round and waterfallish. The finish is; gorgeous, rich, ripe, elegant, well balanced fruit and earth with a slight edge to the fruit and persists on the palate minutes.

Photos of; Kosta Browne winery and tasting room in Sebastopol, tasting lounge area, the original founders of Kosta Browne; Dan Kosta, Chris Costello & Michael Browne and high point shot of their winemaking facilities.

The nose reveals, floral, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, blue fruits, baked strawberries & dark berry creme de cassis, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, salted caramel, dark chocolate, anise, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, crushed dry rocks, dark asian spices, dark mocha powder, touch of black pepper, herbaceous notes, dark rich soils, notes of smoky grilled meats, dry brush with red & dark dry florals.

The body is full with a noticeable tannin structure. The structure, tension, length and balance are coming together, but better in another 2-3 years. It has an enticing, sexy mouthfeel. Floral infused, slightly candied, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, stewed black plum, blue fruits, kirsch cherries, baked strawberries & dark berry creme de cassis, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, salted caramel, dark chocolate, anise, steeped black fruit tea, limestone minerals, crushed dry rocks, dark asian spices, dark mocha powder, touch of black pepper, herbaceous notes, dark rich soils, notes of smoky grilled meats, dry brush with bright violets and red & dark dry florals. The acidity is round and waterfallish. The finish is; gorgeous, rich, ripe, elegant, well balanced fruit and earth with a slight edge to the fruit and persists on the palate minutes.

Photos of; Kosta Browne winery and tasting room in Sebastopol, tasting lounge area, the original founders of Kosta Browne; Dan Kosta, Chris Costello & Michael Browne and high point shot of their winemaking facilities.

Feb 24th, 2019
Shay A
9.3

Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee lunch...always such a treat to attend. This week, Dan hosted. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All blind as usual.

I understand how these wines create a dividing line. Love it or hate it style. Deep, dark and extracted. Cola, black licorice and and fig on the nose. Finish had a bit of black peppercorn and rhubarb...some guessed west coast Grenache, I called Carlisle GSM Blend.

Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee lunch...always such a treat to attend. This week, Dan hosted. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All blind as usual.

I understand how these wines create a dividing line. Love it or hate it style. Deep, dark and extracted. Cola, black licorice and and fig on the nose. Finish had a bit of black peppercorn and rhubarb...some guessed west coast Grenache, I called Carlisle GSM Blend.

Jun 21st, 2018
Adam Craun

Owner/Vintner Memento Mori Wines

9.3

Never disappoints

Never disappoints

1 person found it helpfulDec 31st, 2014
Joe Carroll

Owner/Wine Director Spuyten Duyvil, Fette Sau, St. Anselm & Gotham Artisanal Provisions

9.1

Good but too dense and chocolaty for a Pinot Noir

Good but too dense and chocolaty for a Pinot Noir

May 5th, 2017
Michael L S

Bright, ripe red fruit, and good acidity, which balances the ripeness. Pretty typical kb Pinot.

Bright, ripe red fruit, and good acidity, which balances the ripeness. Pretty typical kb Pinot.

Nov 12th, 2016
Charlie Beatty

Buyer wineworksonline.com

9.5

Awesome Pinot from 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands of Kosta Browne. Beautiful fruit of Black cherry and plum . Awesome mid palate with great acidity and body. Wonderful mouthfeel. Compliments the finisher of Labor Day 2016 and #Hermine weather 2016! With Master chef K Beatty! Bravo on food and wines!!! CB 95...

Awesome Pinot from 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands of Kosta Browne. Beautiful fruit of Black cherry and plum . Awesome mid palate with great acidity and body. Wonderful mouthfeel. Compliments the finisher of Labor Day 2016 and #Hermine weather 2016! With Master chef K Beatty! Bravo on food and wines!!! CB 95...

Sep 5th, 2016
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.0

2014 Single Vineyard Kosta Browne. Rather easy drinking. Good stuff, though for '14s, I prefer their standard RRV

2014 Single Vineyard Kosta Browne. Rather easy drinking. Good stuff, though for '14s, I prefer their standard RRV

Jul 31st, 2016
Manny Canales

Hey now!

Hey now!

Jul 30th, 2016
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.2

Another new release by Kosta Browne. I'd rate this one (Santa Lucia Highlands) somewhere between the '14 Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley (my favorite)

Another new release by Kosta Browne. I'd rate this one (Santa Lucia Highlands) somewhere between the '14 Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley (my favorite)

May 5th, 2016
Carly Shepherd

Delicious and rich! Full of flavor - did not disappoint.

Delicious and rich! Full of flavor - did not disappoint.

Feb 22nd, 2016