Kosta Browne Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018 - 750ml
95 Points Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills was 90% destemmed and brought up in mostly neutral oak (French and Austrian). Its ruby/purple hue is followed by a beautiful bouquet of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruits interwoven with plenty of spice, flowery incense, and violet nuances. Ethereal, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, it has a terrific sense of balance, integrated acidity, and a great finish. It's not a blockbuster Pinot by any measure yet has complexity, balance, and length. I'm a big fan.
What makes Sta. Rita Hills truly unique is the purely East/West maritime mouth that funnels cooling coastal fog, and wind to the vines. One of the smaller AVAs in California, Sta. Rita Hills is one of the world’s best cool-climate growing regions of Pinot Noir.
Vineyards: Bentrock, Francesca’s, Mt. Carmel, Radian, John Sebastiano, Hilliard Bruce
Clones: Pommard, Swan, 667, 115, 2A, 91, Mt. Eden, 777, 828
Fermentation: 63% stainless steel open tops / 17% concrete / 4% wood open tops / 10% whole cluster
Aging: 17% new French oak for 14 months / 8% wood tank for 4 months / 2% new Austrian oak for 14 months
TA: 5.70 g/L
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