Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Barbera from Barossa Valley, Australia
The Gabilan Mountains are a sizeable range of rugged granitic and calcareous mountains that run down the East side of the Salinas Valley. Other vineyards in these mountains have attained critical acclaim including Calera Vineyards on Mt. Harlan 3 miles to the North and Chalone 20 miles to the Southeast. After producing the exceptional 2007 Coastview Syrah, I convinced the owner to bud-over some existing Syrah vines at the base of a North-facing hill that he had trouble getting ripe to Pinot noir. We took cuttings of various Dijon-clones from the Alfaro Vineyard including 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777, plus some Pisoni selection and established them on a one+ acre block. The 2010 vintage is our second from this vineyard. We used about 10% stem inclusion with the remainder destemmed whole berry. We produced seven barrels and aged them for 16 months.
A hallmark of the 2010 vintage is the wonderful perfume that Pinot Noirs from cool sites express - and the Coastview is no exception. The wine expresses the minerality of the decomposed granite and limestone soils of the site on the nose, along with rose petal and red fruit. It is a very well structured wine built for aging with excellent body, with notes of blood orange and pomegranite along with vibrant acidity and a long silky finish. This will no doubt be a long lived wine, and while approachable in it's youth, we expect it to take anywhere from five to ten years to truly reveal what it has to offer.
169 cases produced
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Complex, strongly scented bouquet evokes candied red and dark berry preserves, cola, incense and smoky Indian spices. Sappy, penetrating and impressively focused, showing good heft to its black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors. Aeration brings up a gentle vanilla nuance that carries through a long smoke- and spice-accented finish. This pinot's exotic character gives it surprising upfront appeal."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Layers of dark red fruit flesh out in the glass in the 2010 Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard. There is a mid-palate pliancy in the 2010 that is very pretty. The 2010 is a bit of a softer, rounder style than some of the other Pinots in the lineup, but it shows terrific depth from start to finish. Rating: 92+"
Big Basin Winery
Big Basin Vineyards was founded in 1998 on an historic site in the Santa Cruz Mountains next to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The old ranch property was first settled in the late 1800s. Wine grape cultivation had been started by French immigrants by the early 1900s and continued until 1965 when the property was sold by Justin Lacau, who had named the property "Frenchy's Ranch", to a timber company. By the 1990s, all that remained of the vineyards were redwood stakes and scattered vines hidden by brush and poison oak bushes.
We believe in a style of winemaking that allows the fullest expression of the site and the particular vintage. To this end, we spend long hours in our vineyard to insure that the grapes we grow are of the best quality possible. We believe in and employ sustainable and organic farming practices. The steep hillsides, cooling ocean breezes and fog, and fractured mudstone soils promote the development of color and complex flavors. By keeping the yields very low and harvesting small sections of the vineyard at perfect ripeness, we strive 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. We carefully destem the fruit into small (one ton) open top fermenters where we cold soak the whole berries. We rely primarily on indigenous yeast fermentations which helps promote greater complexity and depth in the finished wine.
Big Basin Vineyards specializes in Syrah while also making a Pinot Noir and Rose of Syrah. View all Big Basin Wines
About Barossa Valley
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
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