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.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 Kosta Browne Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is just bursting with bright red cherry with rich undertones. The oak influence and its generosity of fruit gives it a sense of luxury that is really focused due to the freshness that this wine somehow maintains - I'd guess this is the extra calcium mixed in with that cool climate Santa Rita awesomeness. It's structured, layered, and has a hint of minerality that contrasts gorgeously with the creme fraiche on the finish. A big wine, and a masculine style of pinot, this Kosta will provide immense pleasure RIGHT NOW, and over the next 5 years.