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Kosta Browne Appellation Wines

2015 Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir

A Taste of the High Chaparral

Facts of Note

CLONES

Pisoni, Pommard, 23, 828

AMPHORA

first time used to ferment and age – Rosella’s 828

YIELDS

the smallest we’ve harvested

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.

2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir - Kosta Browne Winery



Vineyard
Details

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

Technical
Details

Fermentation
stainless steel, wood and concrete open tops / 5 day cold soak / 14 day average ferment / 6% whole cluster
Oak
35% new French oak, 14 months / 4% aged in concrete tank
Alcohol
14.3%
pH
3.62
TA
5.9 g/L

Tasting
Notes

Nose: Hillside sage, wild herbs and ripe red fruits, bramble and black raspberry.

Mouth: Wild fruits, alpine strawberry, cherry. Savory mint and tea. Bright, elegant and focused.