I believe a new vineyard, the 2012 Pinot Noir Giusti Vineyard, shares some similarities to the the Koplen Vineyard, with its intense, focused style. Showing plenty of plum, licorice, toasted spices (cinnamon) and hints of vanilla bean, this beauty flows onto the palate with no hard edges, beautiful mid-palate density and a focused, lengthy feel on the finish. Nothing is out of place here, and it's a rock-star bottle of wine that can be consumed anytime over the coming 4-6 years. This was another stacked lineup by the team of Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. All of these wines showed the more approachable style of the 2012 vintage, and had seamless, elegant characters. They're beautiful now, but I suspect they will evolve nicely given their overall balance. (JD)
Vivid ruby. Aromas of black raspberry, incense and cola, with a bright mineral note adding lift. On the palate, vibrant red and dark berry flavors deepen with air while retaining very good clarity. Firms up on the penetrating finish, which features youthfully chewy tannins and a whiplash of bitter cherry. (ST)
The 2012 Pinot Noir Giusti Ranch, from an early-ripening site in the Russian River Valley, is rich and exuberant to the core. Clovers, violets, menthol, smoke and cloves wrap around a core of dark, inky fruit. I imagine the 2012 will drink well for a number of years, but I would prefer to enjoy it on the young side, while the fruit retains its juiciness. This site in Forestville was founded by Italian immigrants in the 1870s. (AG)
Firm, with a dense, expansive core of dark berry, mineral, dried herb, dried porcino mushroom and black tea flavors, ending with dry, gripping tannins and a pleasant push of fruit on the finish. (JL)
Among those Kosta Browne bottlings that lean a little more to ripeness and a fairly plush Pinot with a big, creamy oak presence, this one is charged with a full dose of cherry- and strawberry-like fruit with intriguing accents of dusty roses. It is full and quite supple with nominal tannins and a touch of eleventh-hour heat to its less-than-genteel finish, but a bit of polish will come even if elegance may not, and it fully deserves three to five years of age. *One Star*
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