WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Rhone Blend
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

The 2015 Homestead represents the extraordinary granitic and limestone terroir of the Gabilan Mountains where the majority of the fruit for the wine is sourced. 30 year old Mourvedre from the Antle Vineyard provides the backbone of this wine. Additional components include: 80+ year old, dry farmed Carignane from the Cienega Valley located below Calera's Mount Harlan AVA and Syrah and Grenache from the Coastview Vineyard located just miles South of Mt. Harlan at 2400 ft. Big Basin also included a substantial amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Santa Cruz Mountains. This wine embodies the vivacity and freshness that they strive to capture in every wine they hand craft. Just as with their top cuvées, all fermentations are with indigenous yeast, never larger than 1 1/2 tons and minimal intervention. Only neutral and used barrels were used to age this wine preserving the purity of fruit. Due to very low yields, only 340 cases were produced (less than half that they would produce in a normal vintage!)

Blend: 48% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 9% Carignane & 1% Viognier

TASTING NOTES 

Aromatic with great body, balance and finish, this is a wine that reveals the exceptional vineyards behind it. The wine possesses a beautiful dark red/purple color with an exuberant nose of black and red raspberries, red currants, crushed rocks and hints of crushed flowers and anise. Bright and expressive on the palate with a melange of red and black fruit, mouth coating tannins and a nice long finish. The moderate alcohol level and good acidity make this a great food wine and one that is likely to age exceptionally well, however, it is very approachable.

THE STORY TO KNOW

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.