Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

$139.99

94+ points                                     Extremely limited Kosta Browne single-vineyard Pinot Noir. previous vintage 94+ Points Robert Parker: "Coming from steep, rocky soils on the Sonoma Coast, the Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard was brought up in 25% new French oak, 16% concrete and the rest in old barrels. All of the Pinot Noirs here go into barrel dry and see malolactic fermentation in barrel. This fabulous beauty gives up notes of black cherries, spring flowers, violets and spice in a medium-bodied, ultra-pure, seamless and elegant package that will benefit from short term cellaring and then cruise for a decade on its impeccable balance... ...This was another rock star lineup from Kosta Browne and it’s certainly one of the most impressive lineups I tasted all year. And while I generally consider 2013 to be a better vintage than 2014, these 2014s are a step up over last year’s releases, which were no slouches either. The estate continues to use moderate amounts of whole clusters for their reds, and aging occurs in varying amounts of French oak (and recently, some concrete). While these are big, rich wines, they’re in no way over the top and the vast majority have classic, structured and age-worthy profiles. Other producers at this level are few and far between."

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Ratings on Delectable

Daniel Porter

Lush red fruit, red raspberries and dark cherries, with a smooth mineral finish and a hint of spice. Quite good.

Lush red fruit, red raspberries and dark cherries, with a smooth mineral finish and a hint of spice. Quite good.

9.4

Josh Betz

Nothing to complain about here. All good!

Nothing to complain about here. All good!

9.5

Cory Fierro Delectable Pro

Just a baby of a 2014 but after being open for more than an hour it is just a beautiful thing. The nose is all soft red fruits, just ripe and at the same time pillowy somehow. There's baking spice and then there's brown sugar, with earth and pepper mingling in the background. The palate is soft, fruity and delicate, despite the wine clocking in at 14.5%. Time will soothe the alcohol on this, but as it stands now, it's still quite a beautiful pinot.

Just a baby of a 2014 but after being open for more than an hour it is just a beautiful thing. The nose is all soft red fruits, just ripe and at the same time pillowy somehow. There's baking spice and then there's brown sugar, with earth and pepper mingling in the background. The palate is soft, fruity and delicate, despite the wine clocking in at 14.5%. Time will soothe the alcohol on this, but as it stands now, it's still quite a beautiful pinot.

9.5

Charlie Beatty Delectable Pro

Buyer wineworksonline.com

Spectacular Pinot From Kosta Brown. Nose of black fruits. Flavors on first sip of plum and black cherries, rich fruit forward that is so delicious. This is a Pinot that just gets better an betters @Radicchio's Restaurant in Voorhees. CB 96

Spectacular Pinot From Kosta Brown. Nose of black fruits. Flavors on first sip of plum and black cherries, rich fruit forward that is so delicious. This is a Pinot that just gets better an betters @Radicchio's Restaurant in Voorhees. CB 96

9.6

Greg Pennisi

Pretty damn good. Didn’t pair with a meal, but this was smooth...

Pretty damn good. Didn’t pair with a meal, but this was smooth...

9.3

Hayden Hamilton

This is really nice but I don’t think lives up to the reviews/price point. Very easy. No tannin. Fruit forward. Some dark fruit and pineapple and citrus on the sweeter side. But not a lot of complexity. Doesn’t evolve. Pretty monolithic. Nice. But $25-40 nice not $125.

This is really nice but I don’t think lives up to the reviews/price point. Very easy. No tannin. Fruit forward. Some dark fruit and pineapple and citrus on the sweeter side. But not a lot of complexity. Doesn’t evolve. Pretty monolithic. Nice. But $25-40 nice not $125.

8.9

Scott Soren

Cherry and raspberry oh my. Beautiful mouth feel with light acidity. Wonderful wine

Cherry and raspberry oh my. Beautiful mouth feel with light acidity. Wonderful wine

9.4

David Walser

Side by side with Bevan

Side by side with Bevan

9.4

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