Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

$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

Brian Kelly

I know less about pinot than George Costanza knows about women, but I'll be damned if this isn't an exceptional wine. Poured a beautiful garnet color. Forest floor and raspberries on the nose. Same on the month, with balanced tannins and moderate acidity. I can't articulate any other flavors other than "this tates good." A long, 30-second finish leaves me with no response other than, "more please, this is an amazing wine!" Having no reference point for other pinots, all I can say is drink up, this is a fantastic wine.

I know less about pinot than George Costanza knows about women, but I'll be damned if this isn't an exceptional wine. Poured a beautiful garnet color. Forest floor and raspberries on the nose. Same on the month, with balanced tannins and moderate acidity. I can't articulate any other flavors other than "this tates good." A long, 30-second finish leaves me with no response other than, "more please, this is an amazing wine!" Having no reference point for other pinots, all I can say is drink up, this is a fantastic wine.

9.5

Kirk F

Killer!

Killer!

9.3

Mark Simmons

Delicious flavors. Robust and luxurious.

Delicious flavors. Robust and luxurious.

9.5

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.