The Rhone Report, November/December
“Located at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains, these serious wines are made by Bradley Brown and show thrilling levels of fruit and structure. While certainly not shy, they stay balanced and fresh on the palate, and display beautiful purity of fruit. All of the wines benefited from substantial air time and in most cases showed even better on the second day after opening.” – Jeb Dunnuck
Uncorked, November 4
Bradley Brown’s ‘Idiot Savant’ Syrahs
Wine writer Laura Ness chronicles what got Bradley into winemaking and how his approach is evolving over the years.
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, November/December
Josh Raynold’s tasted through Big Basin’s 2008 Rhone blends and 2009 Pinots with every wine receiving a 90+ point score and wonderful reviews.
“Bradley Brown crafts gorgeous artisan wines from his vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey County. The wines are fermented with ambient yeasts, see no racking and are bottled unfined and unfiltered. The Pinots are aged in 50% new medium toast barrels, while some of the Syrah and Syrah-based blends see higher amounts of new wood. Brown is gradually moving towards reducing toast levels and amounts of new oak. The 2008s are big, rich wines marked by the low yields of the year that are the result of the spring frost. Vintage 2009 was a flashier, more overt year until a heavy rainstorm hit on October 13. The 2009s generally are lower in alcohol than the 2008s. As good as these wines are – and they are often outstanding – my feeling is that Brown has just scratched the surface of his potential.” – Antonio Galloni
SF Gate, July 15
A New Geography for Santa Cruz Mountains Wine
SF Gate, July 15
Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir: Chronicle Recommends
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar,
“Big Basin has become a consistently reliable source for extroverted but balanced pinots and syrahs that show exotic perfume (lots of whole clusters here) and flamboyant but seldom overblown fruit from low yields. Owner and winemaker Bradley Brown told me he picks late, from cool, high-altitude sites worked organically. He uses only native yeasts, which tend to draw out the fermentations, thus building complexity.” – Josh Raynolds
“I have consistently enjoyed these wines from Big Basin winery. They are big, beautifully balanced and impeccably well made efforts displaying lots of purity. Sadly, production varies from only 70 cases of the Frenchies, to 300+ cases of the Rattlesnake Rock.” – Robert Parker Jr.
Backcountry Wines, July
Big Basin Vineyards: The Wild West
An interesting and in-depth view of Big Basin Vineyards and winemaker Bradley Brown’s passionate drive to create great wines.
Local Getaways, July
Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Getaways
James Laube tasted both the 2007 Mandala and 2007 Odeon and gave high praise to both wines.