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Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Chardonnay 2016

White Wines

Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Chardonnay 2016

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Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Chardonnay 2016


Monterey County, Gabilan Mountains

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. 

 “The 2016 Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard is a big wine built on phenolics and savoriness rather than on overt fruit. There is a real sense of mountain structure running through the wine. Powerful and ample in feel, with superb freshness, the 2016 offers terrific nuance as well as complexity.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous. 93 points

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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