We have lately come to the conclusion that the Keefer Ranch Vineyard just may be one of the best Pinot sites around, and Kosta Browne's 2012 version goes a long way in confirming our feelings. It is wonderfully rich in very pure and precise fruit with a lovely veneer of rich and wholly sympathetic oak, and its remarkable layering and striking palatal length make it a wine that compels sip after slow sip. Even though young, it is a brilliant wine of great reach and range, and it is an absolute keeper that we can comfortably predict will gain in beauty over the next half-dozen years. *Three Stars*
Brilliant ruby. High-pitched aromas of red berries, cherry skin and rose, with a minerally nuance gaining strength with air. Sappy and precise, offering taut raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a kick of cracked pepper. Silky tannins give shape to the long, incisive finish, which leaves spicecake and floral notes behind. (ST)
Classic in style, with pretty red berry styled fruits, assorted spring flowers, white pepper and loads of baking spices (all-spice, cinnamon, clove), the 2012 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard comes from the Green Valley appellation in the southwestern part of the Russian River Valley. It has a beautiful core of sweet fruit, medium-bodied richness, and a lively, fresh feel on the palate, with an emphasis on elegance and texture over power and richness. Much more on the pretty end of the spectrum, I don't think this will make old bones, but it's a wonderful drink today. Enjoy bottles over the coming 4-5 years. (JD)
Generous, focused flavors of spicy plum and wild berry notes are at the core, with firm tannins. Well-proportioned, ending with supple wilted rose and raspberry accents that are clean and persistent. Drink now through 2022. (JL)
As is often the case, the 2012 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard is one of the more supple, open wines in the range. Dark red cherries, sweet spices, licorice, tobacco and smoke add nuance as this juicy, resonant Pinot shows off its racy, caressing personality. Ideally, readers will want to drink the Keefer over the next few years, while the flavors remain vibrant and punchy. (AG)
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