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Kosta Browne Appellation Wines

2016 Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir

A Taste of the High Chaparral

Facts of Note

CLONES

Pisoni, Pommard, 23, 828

HARVEST

Picked in 20lbs bins to ensure quality

FERMENTATION

First 100% whole cluster pumpover

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 1970s. 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 four 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.

2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir - Kosta Browne Winery



Vineyard
Details

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

Technical
Details

Fermentation
91% Stainless Steel open tops / 9% Wood open tops / 8% Whole cluster
Oak
38% New French Oak for 15 months / 12% in Concrete tank
Alcohol
13.8%
pH
3.50
TA
6.4 g/L

Tasting
Notes

Nose: A blend of untamed herbs and vivid red fruit. Aromas of freshly peeled apples with wet minerality.

Mouth: Notes of vanilla and mint. Provocative and polished, with a silky, lingering finish.