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ProducerBig Basin Vineyards (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardCoastview Vineyard
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationMonterey County

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2029 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 9 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Mike Dildine on 6/19/2012 & rated 93 points: Beautiful with grilled salmon. (1204 views)
 Tasted by missionpk on 6/7/2012 & rated 91 points: As a pop-n-pour, this is one of the best young Pinot's I've ever had. Lush floral smell and taste that was seriously tasty and enjoyable, without being overbearing, and a great balance of acidity and weight. Very much ready to drink and could be the highlight of a very fun meal.

As others have noted, it tastes very different after a day or two, even in very good storage conditions (rebottled immediately after opening in a 250ml bottle filled to the rim and refrigerated). The tartness becomes much more prominent and the floral notes fade dramatically. Still a good wine, but nothing really notable. Not really sure how this will age. I have two bottles and will look forward to another taste in a few years. (1131 views)
 Tasted by chukon99 on 5/19/2012: Santa Cruz Mountain Trip (Windy Oaks, Alfaro Family, Big Basin): Tasted at the winery. Clear ruby color. Cherry aromas with a bit of spice (cinnamon?) hiding underneath. Overall, it was smooth and elegant with lots of minerality and cherry on the palate. Had a flinty/rocky quality that permeated everything. Very nice texture with a decent finish. (1225 views)
 Tasted by floydtp on 3/23/2012 & rated 91 points: Santa Cruz Mountains Day 2 (Rhys, Big Basin, Plumed Horse): Tasted non blind at their tasting room. On the nose and palate, it showed red cherries and berries, black tea and a hint of cinnamon. Medium plus length finish that was very enjoyable. Drinkable now but I will hold for a year before trying any of the bottles I bought. (1374 views)
 Tasted by pgoode on 1/15/2012: Bright red cherry nose. Palate reminiscent of red salt water taffy with flavours of red cherry and a hint of caramel. Fairly round body. Didn't hold up very well on day 2 from recorked bottle. (1351 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 10/23/2011 & rated 90 points: 2011 Pinot on the River: Sonoma Pinot Noir and More (Town Square, Healdsburg, California): Medium dark cherry red color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus; tart berry, tart cherry nose; tart black cherry, berry palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (2099 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159
(Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard Monterey County) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011)
(Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard Monterey County) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/23/2011)
(Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard) Medium dark cherry red color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus; tart berry, tart cherry nose; tart black cherry, berry palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points  90 points
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Big Basin Vineyards

Producer website

Big Basin Vineyards was founded in 1998 in the Santa Cruz Mountains next to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, with a new winery building completed in 2003. Proprietor and wine maker Bradley Brown sources his wines from three Estate Vineyards - Rattlesnake Rock, Old Corral Block and Homestead Block. All of the Estate vineyards are planted to Alban Selections on steep hillsides with mudstone and shale soils - 7 acres of Syrah, 2 acres of Grenache and 1 acre of Roussanne - and are farmed organically. Additionally, Bradley works closely with Coastview Vineyard located at 2400 ft on a mountain top in the Gabilan Mountains overlooking the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay (several miles due south of Mt. Harlan). He has contracted with the vineyard to purchase Syrah planted in 1998 and to bud over certain sections of the vineyard to Pinot Noir and Grenache (in 2008) and plant a new block to an Alban selection of Syrah. This vineyard is also farmed organically and managed according to Bradley's direction. Beginning in 2006, Big Basin started making Pinot Noir sourced from the Santa Cruz Mountains. As of 2009, Big Basin is making three different single vineyard Pinots from the Santa Cruz Mountains (Alfaro Family, Lester Family and Woodruff Family Vineyards), plus the Pinot from Coastview Vineyard in the Gabilan Mountains.

Best known for Syrah, but also makes Pinot Noirs and blends.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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