2011 Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.64, 1,693 cases, $58. Sourced from a blend of five vineyards, Garys’, Pisoni, Rosella’s, Sierra Mar and Soberanes. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Shy berry fruit aromas with notes of mushroom, toasty oak and root beer. Mid to full weight dark berry and plum core with an earthy underpinning. Directly fruity rather than complex. Firm tannins keep the fruit in line and the mouth feel is very soft. A bit of heat shows up on the finish. Decent. Reviewed June 23, 2013

Winery: Kosta Browne Winery
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