The Big Basin Vineyards Story

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Inspired by Nature

We believe that each minimal-intervention bottling should emphatically and clearly express the characteristics of each vintage, vineyard and varietal.

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2017 Coastview Vineyard Grenache

2017 Coastview Vineyard Grenache

Grenache from steep rocky terraces with a south and south east facing aspect. The vines struggle in the decomposing granite and limestone soils which produce a beautiful expression of Grenache.

New Release Wine. Members visit your Allocation to purchase. If not a member, join our Wine Club to get exclusive access to new release wines.

2017 Coastview Vineyard

2017 Coastview Vineyard "Terraces" Syrah

From the highest vineyard in Monterey County, at 2,200 feet in the Gabilan Mountains.

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2019 Dune & Mountain Pinot Noir

2019 Dune & Mountain Pinot Noir

Our Monterey County Pinot is sourced from two extraordinary vineyards that are like nothing else in the Monterey area. One is the highest elevation site at 2400 feet and the other is directly off the middle of the foggy Monterey Bay. 95pts- Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast; 94pts- Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

750ml $38

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Musings

Growth From Ashes

April 2021 This has probably been one of the harder pieces I have had to write. With the wild fires coming on top of the pandemic, survival has taken on an entirely new meaning that permeates our daily existence. That said, we made it through the fires without anyone getting hurt, so we count ourselves […]

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The Evolution of the Winemaker’s Palate and the Estate Vineyard’s Palette

The story of the Estate vineyard began in 1998 when I first discovered this property that would be Big Basin Vineyards. My passion for Syrah and feeling that it would be ideally suited to these steep hillsides of the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains compelled me to make it our starting point. With help from Rhone Ranger John Alban as our viticultural consultant, I began the process of discovery to begin creating the palette of varietals (colors) that would form the basis of our Estate wines.

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Why We Do What We Do

Big Basin Vineyards all started with an unbridled passion for wine which led to a desire to grow fine wine grapes. But really before that, I have always felt a deep connection with nature – a semester living outdoors on NOLs (National Outdoor Leadership School), moving into the Santa Cruz Mountains, climbing outdoors in many beautiful places, and hiking and backpacking all over – were all in pursuit of this connection. It was this passion for the natural world that led me to start with planting a vineyard.

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