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Kosta Browne Appellation Wines

2014 Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir

Magic grows on the eastern slopes of this coastal range

Facts of Note

APPELLATION

our coolest region

FARMING

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. A taste of the Santa Lucia Highland chaparral. Wild.

2014 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 & wood open-tops / 5 day cold soak / 14 day average ferment / 2% whole cluster
Oak
49% new French oak / 15 months
Alcohol
14.5%
pH
3.59
TA
5.9 g/L

Tasting
Notes

Nose: Game, savory notes, dried fruits, olives, pretty & playful

Mouth: Deeply structured, spice, game and meat, savory, sour cherry, tangy acidity, richly textured with layered red fruits with dark notes.