Kosta Browne 2019 Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel Santa Rita Hills
"The 2019 Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel Vineyard is appealingly rustic, featuring scents of dried red cherries and cranberries, resinous herbs, charcuterie and iron. The medium-bodied palate is chalky and fresh with earthy, spicy fruits and a long, nuanced finish." Robert Parker 94 Points
"Planted in 1989, on steep and rugged land surrounding an abandoned Carmelite monastery, Mt. Carmel was one of the first vineyards planted in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Primarily dry-farmed, Mt. Carmel is extremely cool and windy. This, combined with exceptional Botella clay and Diatomaceous earth soils, produces a wine that is as intricate and dynamic as it is alluring. The 2019 growing season was exceptional for Mt. Carmel - the vineyard achieved ideal ripeness, and the year was very windy, which produced an extremely structured wine. With expressive and complex fruit, earthy aromatics, and profound bramble notes, it is positively vibrant. The harmonious palate highlights the grand energy and depth, embodying the character of Sta. Rita Hills. This wine is unapologetically delicious."
NOSE: A medley of alluring aromas from luxurious dark berries to candied strawberry and raspberry sorbet. It strikes a seamless union of lush fruit and the finest French oak. MOUTH: A buzzing texture, vibrant acidity, and soft tannins highlighting the pure balance.
Fact of Note: The growing season was very windy, which produced a structured wine with precise aromatics.