Big Basin winery crushes it. Literally and figuratively.

April 08, 2019

Big Basin winery crushes it. Literally and figuratively.

Big Basin winery crushes it. Literally and figuratively.

For a winery with a decade and a half of releases, Big Basin still feels like a newcomer.

One of the reasons is that each release of these wonderfully made wines seems so fresh and compelling; the huge scores from the critics continue to reverberate in the wine world, bringing these high-quality wines into the limelight again and again.

These vineyards were producing at the turn of the last century, but fell on hard times when the parcel was sold to a logging company. The ship has since been righted by winemaker and co-owner Bradley Brown, who continues to head the micro-operation.

Winebank is offering two exceptional and under-valued wines this week; it’s a great way to shake hands with a truly elite property.

2016 Big Basin ‘Homestead’ Red ~ $25

This one has everything but the kitchen, ah, basin. Predominantly Syrah and Grenache with handfuls of other Rhone varietals thrown in. The aroma and flavors follow the classic Rhone profile as well, with earthy dark fruits, smoke and fruit that is ripe but understated. Full bodied and sturdy. This puzzle has all the pieces. (93 points Wine Enthusiast)

2016 Pinot Noir, Monterey County ~ $34

Really lovely Pinot, and she loves the spotlight. Blackberries and blueberries, streaks of graphic and a hint of fresh mint, with a wonderful aged balsamic note that adds complexity.
(93 points Galloni: “Gorgeous, just flat out delicious. Impeccable balance and total class, it is impossible to resist. Don’t miss it!”)

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