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 from such an exceptional vineyard. 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 and elevation with exceptional soils to match.
Vintage Notes: 2016 was a beautiful vintage - good yields, a moderate growing season and decent weather through harvest - that allowed us to nail the pick dates perfectly and make wines with minimal intervention. While the yields in 2015 were tiny, the 2016 vintage produced a healthy crop. We had enough fruit for two fermenters, though we still co-fermented the different varieties together as a field blend.
Altitude 2292 shows lifted aromatics from the use of extensive whole clusters. Cassis, cigar box, and subtle hints of chocolate waft up on the nose. Elegance is the keyword with this blend of all five Bordeaux varieties. Cassis and notes of chocolate are prominent on the palate. Texturally, the wine has a serious backbone and mid palate with tannins that pull the flavors across the tongue and finish long. With just over a year in bottle, the wine is barely beginning to unwind. Another year will go a long way towards helping it unwind a bit further, though three to five years will allow it to fill out, soften the tannins and let the more subtle and complex fruit character to emerge.
Wine Reviews: “The “Altitude 2292” from Big Basin Vineyards is a ripe, but measured wine, coming in listed at 14.2 percent octane. The cépages here is forty-four percent Cabernet Sauvignon, thirty- eight percent Merlot, eight percent Cabernet Franc, six percent Malbec and four percent Petit Verdot, so this is a Bordeaux-inspired blend that includes all the major varieties found on the Gironde. It includes forty-two percent whole clusters this year and was raised in one-third new oak. The wine delivers a complex and youthful bouquet of cassis, dark berry, cigar ash, a fine base of dark soil tones, a hint of the chipotle pepper to come with bottle age and a discreet base of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full and still fairly primary, with a good core of fruit, firm, ripe tannins and fine focus and grip on the long and complex finish. This wine is built for the cellar and needs a good eight to ten years to start to stir, but it should prove to be excellent once it has started to soften up and blossom. 2027-2065+” ** - John Gillman, View From the Cellar - 91 points **