Big Basin: Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

HARD FACTS

WINE NAME: Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
PRODUCER: Big Basin
APPELLATION: Santa Cruz Mountains
GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Pinot Noir
FERMENTATION TANKS: Plastic Bins
YEASTS: Indigenous
MALOLACTIC: Done in barrel
AGED IN: French Barriques, 15% new
AGED FOR: 11 months
CLARIFICATION/FILTRATION: None
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13,3%
SOIL: Sandy, loamy soils and limestone
VOLUME: 75 cl
BOTTLES PER PACKAGE: 12
PACKAGING TYPE: Carton
BOTTLE SEALING: Natural cork

Quick Facts

A lovely wine with pronounced minerality and bright acidity, this appellation blend is created to offer joy in its youth, but as with all Big Basin wines, we recommend you to cellar a few as well.

The Wine’s Story

The Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir is a appellation wine, using Lester Family Vineyard fruit and grapes from the recently planted Coastgrade Vineyard. The sandy, loamy soils of the Lester site always produce tiny clusters of Pinot Noir which bring amazing concentration and depth to a wine. Coastgrade, located just north of Santa Cruz, hardly three miles from the Pacific Ocean is planted directly across the road from a limestone quarry. The cool climate of this site, coupled with its geology achieved ripening in early October – which is almost unheard of in this ‘early’ vintage. 50% whole clusters were used during fermentation, resulting in a wine with high toned, perfumed aromatics with pronounced minerality and bright acidity.

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