2012 Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Pinot Noir
There are many differences between vineyards in this small appellation, but the majority of them do
share a common influence – the cooling effect that follows the Russian River inland from the Pacific
coast. The resulting fog helps keep nights cool and offers vines a respite from daytime temperatures. In
turn, these diurnal temperature swings slow down ripening and promote more evolved flavors in our
grapes. We work with vineyards that span a diverse and varied view into a region that many would call
the heartland of California Pinot Noir. Our goal is to create a wine that showcases the essence of this
Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to work with many great vineyards. We continue to work carefully
with select growers that farm in and around our Sebastopol home. There is often a recognizably full
mouthfeel and texture to the wines from the area - a common thread to the components of this blend
and a feature we are drawn to every year. This vintage was much more compact due to extreme heat in
early September that created a mad dash to harvest as much fruit as possible at peak quality.
Bright citrus rind with fresh cranberry, strawberry and a touch of baking spice.
Broad, with a supportive acid structure which highlights the notes of raspberry, pomegranate and well-balanced oak.