Vineyard and Region Information: We source our Coastview Chardonnay from two sets of terraces which face North and North East. We feel this aspect is optimal in this high elevation vineyard where the sun can shine intensely and we like to see the fruit ripen gradually. We have also noticed that as a result of underlying differences in the soils, these blocks each produce unique signatures of Chardonnay with the North-facing terraces having more weight and depth, while the East-facing terraces bring intense varietal character and floral notes.
Vintage Notes: This was a year that defied all expectations. Acid levels were through the roof. After multiple draught vintages where sugar could jump 3 brix in less than a week (the difference of 2% alcohol!), they barely moved over two to three weeks. The made is a winemaker's harvest where we could really fine tune the pick dates.
Wine Notes: This vintage of Coastview Vineyard Chardonnay is a beautiful lens into the decomposed granite/quartzite and limestone soils of this mountain top vineyard. The color is a brilliant pale straw. The nose is delicate and haunting with notes of citrus, (lemon zest, Meyer lemon skin) and floral notes. And then there is an underlying thread of crushed rocks. The mid palate of this wine rocks, literally and figuratively. Crisp acidity carries the dense structure of this wine across the palate and finishes long with sustained creamy, and fresh lemony, notes. We strive to keep new oak well in the background through choice of barrels, toast and limited percentage we use each vintage, and in this vintage we happily achieved a very transparent result with little to no discernible oak influence. One doesn’t always think of aging white wines. However, this is exactly the sort of white wine that will likely benefit from extended aging. The freshness and acidity will keep it alive while it gains depth and complexity. "The 2018 Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard is a gorgeous wine. Bright, translucent and finely cut, the 2018 sizzles with energy. Crushed rocks, mint, white pepper, lemon oil and chalk give the 2018 its chiseled personality, but there is also plenty of palate weight to balance things out. This is a terrific showing from Big Basin and proprietor Bradley Brown." 94 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous.