Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Big Basin Receives High Marks from Wine Advocate

Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck discusses his recent visit to Big Basin and his thoughts on the 2013 and 2014 vintages. While the impressive regions in California for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are abundant, Dunnuck highlights the coastal Santa Cruz mountain terroirs has "making some of the most age-worthy wines in California". 

With cool-climate, ocean-influenced, mountain vineyards throughout the AVA, the owner and winemaker Bradley Brown at Big Basin strives to showcase location and terroir, forgoing manipulation and intervention whenever possible. The steep hillsides, cooling ocean breezes, fog, and mountain soils of their vineyard locations promote the development of deep color and complex flavors. By keeping the yields very low and harvesting small sections of the vineyard at perfect ripeness, Big Basin strives to achieve the most important part of winemaking – great fruit. The winemaking then becomes the art of gently extracting what the fruit has to offer, utilizing a minimalist approach in the cellar, with hand sorting, gentle pressing, the use of ambient yeasts, and indigenous malolactic fermentation.

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