Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard 2013
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"Perched at an altitude of 1,300 feet, Pisoni Vineyard, the brain child of Gary Pisoni, overlooks the Salinas Valley to the east. People told Gary grapes would never grow in this location. The determined Gary proved them all wrong and has successfully displayed what the site can produce in the world-class wine coming from this special place. Because the valley opens to Monterey Bay, cold fog intrudes from the Pacifi c Ocean, blanketing the valley on a daily basis. The fog and prevailing ocean winds make the mountain estate one of the coolest growing regions in the state. The 45 vineyard acres at Pisoni Vineyards are divided into small blocks that follow the contours of the mountains. The lean, decomposed-granite soils are very well drained, stressing the vines and forcing their roots deep into the earth in search of water and nutrients. More than 85% of the land remains in its natural state of native grasses, Coastal Live Oaks and prolifi c wildlife. In 2008, we were generously offered two and a quarter tons of fruit from this highly coveted vineyard. In 2009 we received just a bit more. We have a wonderful relationship with the Pisoni family and are honored to work with their prized vineyard and look forward to making this wine for many years to come. AROMATICS: Lilacs and clover, strawberry cream and ripe blackberry. Captivatingly complex, with a rich gaminess and suggestions of sandalwood. ON THE PALATE: Robust and intense, with assertive dark fruit character and resonant earthiness. The fl inty midpalate is fi nished with cherry-vanilla sweetness."