KOSTA BROWNE PINOT NOIR SANTA RITA 2017



A microclimate that began a mere 20 million years ago, is nothing short of a miracle. Tectonic plate movements over the years caused mountains to rise out of the ocean, break off the plate and rotate clockwise creating one of the most defined, transverse ranges on the Pacific Coast. Remnants of marine sediment deposited during the Miocene Epoch is the base of the soil found here with the added element of elevated calcium. But what makes this area truly unique is the purely East/West maritime mouth that funnels cooling coastal fog, and wind to the vines. One of the smaller AVAs in California, Sta. Rita Hills is one of the world’s best cool-climate growing regions of Pinot Noir.

Sta. Rita Hill’s 2017 growing season was spared from the unusually warm harvest season, but not from the hail, lightning and, wind that abruptly swept through the region in mid-September. Luckily, the vines’ resilience prevailed against Mother Nature, producing elegant, distinctive Pinot Noir that we have come to love.

Reviews and Awards

Reviewed By:
Score/Awarded:
95 / 100
Aged 15 months in 42% new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills has a medium ruby-purple color and gives up cinnamon toast, raspberry coulis, macerated strawberries and rosewater perfume with accents of musk, lilac, blood orange and scorched earth—what a gorgeous perfume! Medium-bodied, it slowly builds in amplitude in the mouth, releasing gobs of perfumed red berry fruits. It has a sturdy but finely grained frame and seamless freshness, finishing very long, layered and fantastically perfumed. Wow!
Reviewed By:
Score/Awarded:
93 / 100
Brought up mostly in stainless steel (19% in open-top oak tanks), the appellation 2017 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills from this terrific estate is a beautiful effort. Ripe cherries, raspberries, spice box, and forest floor notes all emerge from this elegant, balanced, incredibly classic Pinot Noir that has the charm and fruit to shine today, yet the class to evolve for over a decade.
Reviewed By:
Score/Awarded:
90 / 100
Fruity, with good snap to the raspberry tart and cherry flavors, featuring hints of licorice. Minerally midpalate, presenting a lilting finish of dried rose petal, chocolate and tangerine hints. Drink now through 2023.