Vineyard and Region Information: Coastview Vineyard is a site we have been working with since 2007 and we believe it to be one of the most extraordinary vineyards in California. Planted on a mountain top at 2200 feet overlooking the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley, it benefits from the cool breezes from the ocean and high elevation. The decomposed granite and limestone soils also contribute to producing exceptional fruit. The owner, John Allen, offered me the fruit for his special Bordeaux variety blocks at the top of the vineyard in 2015 and I jumped at the chance to work with these varietals at this site. The famed Ridge Montebello Vineyard is located at a similar elevation on a mountain top located next to the San Andreas Fault and near the cooling effect of the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay. Coastview is probably the only other vineyard in the state which resides in a similar location with exceptional soils to match.
Vintage Notes: 2015 will go down as one of the lowest yield vintages of the decade with virtually all varietals and regions affected. Whereas there might be enough of these five varieties for two to three fermentations, this year there was only enough for one. So all five varieties were picked at the same time (about one ton total) and co-fermented in one fermenter. Only enough was produced to fill three barrels, one of which was new. For comparison, the 2018 harvest produced nearly five tons and was enough to fill three fermenters and ten barrels.
Altitude 2292 shows layers perfumed red currants, hints of chocolate, and an intriguing spice note on the nose. While clearly a Bordeaux variety wine, one might not guess at it's new world source. Velvety on the palate with juicy acidity that brightens the rich and vibrant fruit. When we get the staff together, we often try newly bottled wines to see how they are developing. Right out of the gates the 2015 Altitude impressed us and was a staff favorite. It has only further integrated since it was bottled just over a year ago and it is showing very well now. Given its ‘old world’ aspects of good acidity plus rich and vibrant fruit, this will likely age very well over the long haul. .
Wine Reviews: “An addition to the range, the 2015 Altitude 2292 is a Bordeaux field blend from the top of Coastview. Dried herbs, smoke, leather and game give the 2015 a somewhat wild feel. Vivid and aromatically intense, the 2015 has a lot to offer. It is another seriously beautiful wine from Big Basin. The blend is 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, with the Cabernet Franc adding a distinctly exotic quality throughout.” ** - Antonio Galloni, Vinous - 92 points **