The Kanzler Vineyard is located in the hot spot for growing amazing Pinot Noir, Sebastopol. The first vintage made by Kosta Browne was in 2002, but this was the first time I have had the chance to taste this wine from this vineyard. The vineyard is planted to Pinot clones 115, 667, and the famed Pommard clone.
I tasted this wine with a group of friends last night and amongst a table with about 15 really good wines, this may have been the only truly fabulous wine of the night.
The bouquet was extremely expressive with generous amounts of pure berry medley, and some very nice crushed rock and mineral notes.
On the palate the wine was perfectly balanced with fantastic delineated flavors and the purest fruit nuances. The oak integration was flawless and the ripeness of the fruit impeccable. I remember telling everyone at the table that I thought the wine tasted like wild strawberries and creme. In fact the wine almost tasted like dessert with the sweetness of the tannin.
If you have your pick of the litter....I strongly recommend the Kanzler Vineyard because this wine was in the top two to three Pinot Noir's I have ever tasted in my wine career. 100 Points
For me it was the perfect impression of the varietal.........