Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wine of the Week - Big Basin "Homestead" Rhône Blend

As we take the time this week to express our thanks for family, friends, and home, it's only fitting that Big Basin's "Homestead" blend is featured. This wine, a California "Rhône" Blend, truly captures the essence of Big Basin's house style. Bright and inviting, yet supple with juicy blackberry and plum fruit balanced by succulent red cherry, plum, rose petal and lavender. Homestead also represents the extraordinary granitic and limestone terroir of the Gabilan Mountains from which the majority of the fruit is sourced. While this blend is ideal for the cooling winter months, it would be especially fitting on the table for Thanksgiving. Try with roasted pork loin and cranberry and sausage stuffing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The mission at Big Basin is to create wines that show their Santa Cruz Mountains roots. With cool-climate, ocean-influenced, mountain vineyards throughout the AVA, owner and winemaker Bradley Brown 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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