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Kosta Browne Appellation Wines

2013 Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir

Magic grows on the eastern slopes of this coastal range

Facts of Note

APPELLATION

our coolest growing region

BLEND

5 vineyards

PROFILE

a taste of the highland chaparral

Located on the eastern slopes of the coastal range that shelters the fertile Salinas Valley from Big Sur, this appellation is relatively new with the first vineyards being developed only in the 1970’s. Surprisingly, these central coast slopes are generally cooler than the Russian River Valley, largely as a result of the ocean breezes and fog coming in from Monterey Bay. The vineyards are sheltered by the coastal peaks that limit rainfall. Pinot Noir excels on these hillsides - which is why our travels took us here. 

The five vineyards that help make up this wine are farmed by two incredible grape growing families – Pisoni and Franscioni. Their friendship spans three generations and we’ve been fortunate to work together for almost our entire career. They have shaped this appellation and their efforts are reflected in this wine.

2013 Santa Lucia Highlands Santa Lucia Highlands - Kosta Browne Winery



Vineyard
Details

Vineyard
Sourced from a variety of special vineyards: Garys’, Pisoni, Rosella’s, Sierra Mar and Soberanes
Clones
Pisoni, 777, 828

Technical
Details

Fermentation
5-ton open tops / 5 day cold soak / 14 day average ferment / 5% whole cluster
Oak
40% new French oak / 15 months
Alcohol
14.2%
pH
3.62
TA
5.8 g/L

Tasting
Notes

Nose: Citrus peel, cherries, spice and dark soft berries.

Mouth: Deeply structured, supple soft tannins, spice, full mouthfeel.