Big Basin "Altitude 2292" 2016
Bordeaux Blend｜Monterey County
Big Basin is one of our favorite cult producers; everything winemaker Bradley Brown touches is timeless, all-natural, and delicious.
At nearly 2300 feet in the Gabilan mountain range, Big Basin produces this heavyweight Bordeaux blend from the quartz-limestone soils of the Coastview Vineyard. It's simply breathtaking. The mountaintop soils, exposure, and proximity to the ocean are quite similar to the historic Monte Bello vineyard in neighboring Santa Cruz. The wine is fermented from native yeast and aged for 21 months in barrel before bottling 100% unfined and unfiltered.
The blend encompasses all five major Bordeaux varieties: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot.
Incredibly complex and intense. Notes of wildflowers, black cherry, cassis, espresso, tobacco, and cedar with grippy, firm tannins that hint at its epic longevity and ageability.
Major publications consistently award this wine 90+ points. This vintage received 91 points from Vinous Media. The respected John Gilman of View From the Cellar ventures its drinking window to be from 2017-2065. Yes – forty-five years. If comparable neighboring Bordeaux blends from high-altitude sites are any indication (think Ridge's Monte Bello), he's spot on. A minuscule 167 cases were produced in this vintage.