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Big Basin Grizzly Red Blend 2012

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750ML / 14.6% ABV
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750ML / 14.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Big Basin's estate grown Grizzly Grenache and Syrah was co-fermented whole berry using only native yeast with minimal intervention and gentle handling. Their goal is to transparently and authentically reveal the nuances of this exceptional vineyard. Aged for 20 months in barrel, then bottled without fining or filtering.

Blend: 65% Grenache, 35% Syrah

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
The dominant 65% Grenache component makes for a pretty nose of black raspberry, candied berries and elegant violet petals. Thanks to the 35% Syrah, boysenberry, bright strawberry and light raspberry notes meet with darker hibiscus and stronger lavender and savory herbs de provence on the palate.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A 240 case blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah, the 2012 Grizzly offers a tight, fresh bouquet of Bing cherry, raspberry, watermelon, flowers and peppery herbs. This gives way to medium-bodied, fresh, lively wine that has bright acidity and a clean, classy finish. There’s a suppleness to the texture that keeps it thoroughly enjoyable, and I suspect acid lovers will like this even more than me.
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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 “Frenchie’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.

Our mission is to create wines that reveal the complex nuances of the vineyards that inspire them – cool climate, ocean-influenced, mountain vineyards. Great wines are grown, not made so we spend long hours in our vineyard, employing sustainable and organic farming practices. By keeping the yields very low and hand-harvesting small sections of the vineyard at perfect ripeness, we strive to achieve the most important part of winemaking - great fruit. Our job as winemakers then is to be as transparent as possible in allowing the wines to most emphatically and clearly express themselves. For us this means practicing minimal intervention. By keeping our production small, we can give every vine, fermentation bin and barrel the attention it deserves. We hope you enjoy the results.

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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.

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