Marked by intensity, this bold and beautiful wine leads with juicy, crowd-pleasing layers of blueberry and raspberry jam. Gap’s Crown has become the backbone of Kosta Browne's Sonoma Coast program and it is believed the viticultural standards there are second to none.
An explosion of juicy blueberry and raspberry jam is layered with blood orange and hibiscus. Bold and structured with a generous mouthfeel.
96pts Jeb Dunnuck "I always love this stie, and the team at Kosta Browne have made a killer bottle of wine with their 2017 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard, especially remarkable in a challenging vintage like 2017. The wine saw 10% stems and 10 months in 35% new French oak, with a small amount in concrete and larger oak. Great notes of mulberries, blackberries, black cherries, violets, and spice all give way to a rich, medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir that has ripe tannin, an expansive texture, loads of charm, and great finish. It's another beautiful, beautiful wine to enjoy over the coming decade or more."
94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "[A]ged 10-19 months in several vessels: 35% new French oak, 20% concrete and 13% wooden tanks. Medium ruby, it's scented of black tea leaves, licorice, wild blackberries, dried lilac and tree bark with hints of blood orange, potpourri, saline and crushed red berry fruit. It's medium-bodied and ultra silky with wonderful layering of pure fruits, amaro and spices, with a gentle, grainy frame and fantastic juicy freshness, finishing long and elegant. How lovely! 3,500 cases produced."
94pts Wine Enthusiast "Soft blue fruit, orange tea and rhubarb make for an exotic, tangy and beguiling experience on the palate of this explosive, focused and freshly crisp wine from the famous site. Soft and seductive in texture, it has complexity around rich layers of balanced spice and earthiness."
Founded in 1997, Kosta Browne is one of North America’s most revered wineries, recognized for making some of the world’s finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Located in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, and guided by an acclaimed team that includes renowned Winemaker Julien Howsepian, Kosta Browne makes appellation and single-vineyard wines from the most coveted cool-climate vineyards across the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley, Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations.
Kosta Browne has an estate program that features 170 acres of vineyards through ownership or long-term leases that includes the Cerise Vineyard in Anderson Valley, Keefer Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, and a prized section of the Gap's Crown Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Kosta Browne has earned a place on Wine Spectator's annual list of the world's "Top 100 Wines" seven times since 2005, including "Wine of the Year" in 2011.
750ML / 14.1% ABV