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Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Chardonnay 2014

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Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Chardonnay 2014

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Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Chardonnay 2014


From two rows of vines in the highest vineyard in Monterey County, located at 2,300 feet in the Gabilan Mountains, planted on decomposed quartzite/granite and limestone soils. The fruit was processed and fermented separately according to row.  Both lots were whole cluster pressed, and  fermented spontaneously in barrel. Aged for a year with regular battonage in a mixture of new and neutral French oak barrels  (2 out of the 9 barrels were new.) Both parcels were brought together and blended in stainless steel for four months prior to bottling - no fining or filtration. 

Lifted floral notes on the nose with plenty of poached pear and crushed rocks, giving in to a palate bursting with orchard fruits, hints of toasted nuts, buttered citrus and brioche, it's beginning to drink beautifully and will certainly continue to do so for the next 4-5 years, if not longer. Oh so classy Chardonnay that's made in a lean, fresh style.

Press: Distinctive and a little oxidative with some apple and pear fruit, as well as some citrus brightness. Some nice depth and texture here. Very interesting. 93/100 . Dr Jamie Goode, The Wine Anorak.

Big Basin Vineyards is located on the steep hillsides of the Santa Cruz mountains, established in 2002, with the mission to restore an ancient vineyard on the same site planted 100 years before. Working organically since day one, with the help of cover crops and organic compost, they have rescued the previously poor and eroded soil, planting vines 1,300 feet above sea level on mostly mudstone/sandstone soils. As well as producing wine from these ocean influenced, windswept sites, they also work with a large site in the Gabilan mountains, 2200 feet above sea level, planted on decomposed granite soils. Although not certified organic, this is also farmed organically and sustainably to meet the Big Basin philosophy. In the cellar, work is conducted gently and with minimal handling, with the only addition, at most being a drop or two of sulphur.

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