Vineyard and Region Information: The 2017 Homestead represents the extraordinary granitic and limestone terroir of the Gabilan Mountains where we sourced the majority of the fruit. Grenache from Brosseau, Coastview and our estate vineyard provides the backbone of this wine. Additional components include: 90+ year old, dry farmed Carignane from the Cienega Valley located below Calera's Mount Harlan AVA and Syrah from the Coastview Vineyard located just miles South of Mt. Harlan at 2400 ft as well as Brosseau vineyard in Chalone. This vintage has a smaller amount of old vine Mourvedre from the Rodnick Farm Vineyard in Chalone (formerly Antle). This wine embodies the vivacity and freshness we strive to capture in every wine we hand craft. Just as with our top cuvées, all fermentations are with indigenous yeast, never larger than 1 1/2 tons and minimal intervention. Only neutral and used barrels were used to age this wine preserving the purity of fruit.
Wine Notes: Our 2017 is comprised of 52% Grenache, 23% Carignane, 20% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre. This unique blend offers a wine that is both compelling and ponderable. All of our small lot fermentations see the same love and attention. It is our overriding goal to produce wines that are true to the great vineyard sites we work with. Homestead delivers on this goal at a supreme value. This wine is drinking well upon release, but will benefit from another year or two in bottle.
The dominant percentage of Grenache expresses itself on the nose with bright bing cherries, while the other varietals come through as notes of earthy black fruit and hints of roasted herbs. On the palate the wine is lively and palate coating with nice fine grained, chewy tannins. Red fruits take front and center at first, then give way to more black fruit and crushed rocks. The finish is long and mouthwatering. With air, sweet smelling crushed flowers and mulberry emerge on the nose. The moderate alcohol level and good acidity make this a great food wine and one that is likely to age exceptionally well, however, it is very approachable.
Wine Reviews: ”The 2017 Homestead, Big Basin’s blend of Rhône and Bordeaux varieties, is laced with bright, savory notes that give the wine terrific energy. Ripe red fruit, mint, flowers and dried herbs infuse the 2017 with notable complexity and character. This is such an attractive and expressive wine." 92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous.