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Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Sonoma Coast, CA 2016

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PRODUCT OVERVIEW/REVIEWS:

Kosta Browne has only been in existence for 20-odd years, but it has quickly established itself as California Pinot Noir royalty. Proprietors and Pinot devotees Dan Kosta and Michael Browne started their endeavor by scraping enough money together to purchase a half-ton of grapes, a de-stemmer/crusher, and a used oak barrel. Despite these humble beginnings, their rise to wine super-stardom has been nothing short of meteoric. Partly due to business savvy and mostly due to hard work and an unwavering commitment to excellence, Kosta and Browne have achieved what very few others have done: they have become standard-bearers against which all other California Pinot producers measure their success, with their wines achieving cult-like status among collectors the world over. Today, a mere 22 years after they started, they have vineyard holdings in California's most prized Pinot Noir appellations: Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and the Santa Rita Hills. 

Today's stunning wine is sourced entirely from Kosta Browne's Gap's Crown Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA.  This estate vineyard has been with them since 2006 and contributed to the 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir that was Wine Spectator's #1 Wine of the Year in 2011. Steep hillsides and a variety of clones help add diversity to this vineyard whose aspects were carefully planted to encourage even sunlight exposure during the final stages of fruit ripening. The coastal influence is key at Gap’s Crown – late season fog becomes trapped and takes a little longer to burn off. The fruit is allowed to ripen a little more slowly, creating more balanced and evolved flavors. (winery notes)

96 points, James Suckling: 
"Lots of purple fruit with cherry and raspberry character and hints of violets on the nose. Full body that is very dense with defined layers. Yet, remains agile and fresh. Hints of salt. A little reserved now. Needs two or three years of bottle age. " (5/2018)

95+ points, Jeb Dunnuck: 
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Gaps Crown comes from a great, great site on the Sonoma Coast and saw 15% whole clusters and 40% new wood. It’s a deep, rich, blacker fruit-driven effort that shows more and more savory, iron, and earthy notes with time in the glass. It’s ripe and opulent on the palate, with building tannin, yet packs a wealth of fruit and texture, while still showing the more elegant, balanced style of the vintage. 95+."  (6/2018)

93 points, Wine Spectator: 
"Everything is moving in the right direction, from the snappy wild berry and plum flavors to the crushed rock and savory underbrush notes. Ends with fine-grained tannins that bode well for the future." (9/2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS:
Producer Name: Kosta Browne
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Sonoma County
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Village/Vineyard/Climat: Gap's Crown Vineyard
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2016
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Medium Body Red
Winemaker: Nico Cueva
ABV: 14.2%
Pack/Size: 6/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Burgundy Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork



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