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Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    14.2% ABV
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    Winemaker Notes

    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

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    Big Basin, , California
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    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.

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    The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

    PBC9167862_2010 Item# 132353

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