Big Basin Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains
A new name in the Santa Cruz Mountains, established in 1998, producing rich, characterful chocolatey Syrah from high altitude mainly estate-owned vineyards. These were originally planted nearly 100 years ago by French immigrants but the site had fallen into serious decay by the 1960s. Bradley Brown undertook a major project in restoring the site. The Rattlesnake Rock site, planted in 2000, is the source of the top wine and further home vineyard blocks are being developed, planting includes Syrah, Grenache and Roussanne with selections from John ALBAN. In the winery minimal intervention is key to ensuring quality and both must and wine are handled as gently as possible. The Rattlesnake Rock Syrah is oak-aged (90% new French) and is rich, structured and opulent with hints of cocoa and licorice as well as dark black fruit. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered and should develop very well in bottle. Two additional Syrah’s are now released, Old Corral from home estate blocks and from the Coastview Vineyard, the highest site in Monterey County. Blended reds are also important. Odeon is Syrah blended with Cabernet, while Paderewski Vineyard as a GSM. Homestead is a mix of varieties. As well as the Rhône styles a range of no fewer than six Pinot Noirs are now also made. The range of small lot wines is completed with a GSM rosé, a Roussane from home vineyard blocks and a Riesling. (DM)
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