Big Basin Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
Big Basin Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front LabelBig Basin Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Bottle Shot

Big Basin Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

  • WE95
  • V93
750ML / 13.3% ABV
Other Vintages
  • WE95
  • W&S93
  • W&S94
  • RP93
  • JD92
All Vintages
Out of Stock (was $63.99)
Limit Reached
Alert me about new vintages and availability
MyWine Share
Vintage Alert
Alert me about new vintages and availability
Ships today if ordered in next 2 hours
Limit 0 per customer
Sold in increments of 0
0.0 0 Ratings
Have you tried this? Rate it now
(256 characters remaining)

0.0 0 Ratings
750ML / 13.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Medium burgundy color. A deeply perfumed and spicy nose that clearly speaks "Alfaro Family Vineyard" for those who know it’s language. Baking spice and rose petals are the dominant notes. On the palate, the wine has a beautiful combination of verve and texture with sappy delicious spicy fruit that coats the palate and finishes long. It is almost hard to believe that this wine seems so expressive when it should be fairly shut down post bottling, but maybe this is just a teaser for what will come with more time in bottle.

Critical Acclaim

All Vintages
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
Trampled herbs, forest-floor, juniper-berry and cranberry aromas reflect the forest-ringed setting of many vineyards in the Corralitos area. Curry leaf, bay and juniper flavors make for a vividly spicy palate, where hints of dried cranberry and cherry linger in the background.
V 93
The 2017 Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard is a bit creamier than the 2018 tasted alongside it, which helps balance some of the stem influence. Macerated cherry, dried flowers, spice and leather fill out its mid-weight, curvy frame effortlessly. Soft, open-knit and inviting, the 2017 is really in the zone today. A closing burst of rose petal, sage, mint and star anise adds striking perfume to the substantial finish.
View More
Big Basin

Big Basin

View all products
Big Basin, California
Big Basin Winery Video

Located in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Big Basin Vineyards is terraced into a steep hillside first planted to grape vines by French immigrants over 100 years ago. Their winery and the vineyards they work with are located at sites in the Santa Cruz and Gabilan Mountains that are as beautiful as they are exceptional for grape growing. They farm organically and practice minimal-intervention winemaking with the goal of producing wines that transparently and authentically express site and variety. 

Big Basin believes that their choice of vineyards, picking at the right time to retain intensity and elegance, and minimalistic winemaking practices are the keys to producing more aromatic and ethereal wines - new world wines with old world soul. Owner and winemaker Bradley Brown has been on a 20 year quest to produce beautiful and soulful wines. Winemaker Blake Yarger joined the team in 2017 and together they are always fine tuning practices to more transparently express the vineyards.

Image for Santa Cruz Mountains Wine California content section
View all products

A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA stretches from Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco, to the northern border of Monterey County. Elevations range from 800 feet to upwards of 3,000 and microclimates vary substantially depending on which side of the mountains the vineyards lie; cool ocean winds and fog play an important role here. This can be a challenging region in which to grow grapes, but it is well worth the effort. Santa Cruz Mountains wines are noted for balanced acidity levels, often showing great aging potential. Wine has been made here since the 1800s, most notably from the legendary Ridge Vineyards, whose Monte Bello vineyard garners international admiration.

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars of this region, while Merlot and Zinfandel also perform quite well. Organic and sustainable vineyard practices are becoming increasingly common.

Image for Pinot Noir content section
View all products

Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

WLD18067_2017 Item# 921118

Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that has to offer.

It's easy to make the switch.
Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

Yes, Update Now

Search for ""

Processing Your Order...