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COASTVIEW VINEYARD PINOT NOIR


2016

“Moderate garnet color in the glass. The aromas of black cherry, purple grape, spice cabinet and mulch soar in this gifted wine. Black cherry and boysenberry fruit flavors flood the mouth with goodness. There is plenty of spice and smart oak to enhance the pleasure. The balance is spot-on with exquisitely integrated tannins, acidity and oak, the mouthfeel is sleek and polished, and the finish is uplifting and juicy. Flat-out amazing when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle the following day. Both swagger and finesse in one package. ”
96 point- Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile

“The 2016 Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of the more delicate wines, with pretty red fruits, smoked earth, spring flowers, and spice aromas and flavors. Like all of Bradley’s wines, it has juicy acidity and terrific purity, is medium-bodied, elegant and lively. It also has a vibrant, poised style that’s going to age beautifully. It’s one of my favorites in the lineup but needs 3-4 years of bottle age. This saw 88% whole clusters and spent 18 months in 42% new French oak.”
95 points- Jeb Dunnuck

“Grown at about 2,200 feet above the Salinas Valley with views of the Monterey Bay, this bottling, which saw 88% whole-cluster fermentation, shows crushed hibiscus, spicy cinnamon, anise and red plum on the pungent nose. Crisp pomegranate and raspberry flavors meet with sumac and aromatic mints on the palate. ”
93 points- Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast

“A classy, polished wine, the 2016 Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard is also one of the most reticent Pinots in the range. That won’t be an issue in a few years’ time, but for now readers should plan on being patient. Dried cherry, mint, dried flowers, anise and crushed rose petal are all finely sketched in this beautifully chiseled Pinot Noir from Big Basin.”
93 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous


2015

93 points- Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile

“Juniper, pine needle and sandalwood aromas decorate the dark cranberry fruit on the nose of this bottling from a vineyard 2,200-feet above the eastern Salinas Valley. The 55% whole cluster fermentation contributes to the woody side of the grape on the palate, where herbal and forest flavors are sprinkled on the baked raspberry fruit.”
92 points- Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast

92 points- Jeb Dunnuck

“This grows on a north-facing hillside where syrah struggled to ripen, so John Allen began grafting it to pinot noir- Dijon clones from the Alfaro Vineyard in 2008. Those vines produced alight, airy 2015 with flavors of cherry pits and cherry flesh, tight, tart and almost lemony in its fresh acidity. Pour it with roasted sea has finished in a red wine reduction. ”
90 points- Wine & Spirits Magazine

“The 2015 Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard is an attractive wine, but it possesses less depth, complexity and pedigree than that other 2015 Pinots in the lineup. Dried cherry, sweet herb, licorice and dried flowers are nicely woven together in an attractive, mid-weight Pinot Noir from Big Basin that is likely to offer its best drinking over the near and medium term. The 2015 was done with about 55% whole clusters.”
90 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous


2014

“The 2014 Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard is understated, classy and polished. Specifically, the 2014 is endowed with a superb length and overall persistence, with beams of underlying salinity that extend the finish. White pepper, chalk, cranberry and sweet floral notes are nicely delineated. The new oak and whole clusters are evident, but lie in the background, while the wine’s intense salinity is very much front and center. This is a terrific showing from Big Basin.”
94 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
93 points- Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast


2013

“Big Basin’s 2013 Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard is striking. Explosive and flashy, the 2013 boasts intense aromatics, striking inner perfume and tons of raciness, but all in a laid-back, refined style that takes time to unfurl. Hints of violet, lavender and sweet spices add the final shades of nuance. The Coastview is Big Basin’s most complete 2013 Pinot. This is a strong showing.”
93 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous


2012

“The 2012 Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard blossoms in the glass beautifully. Expressive and generous on the palate, the 2012 is quite open today. Silky tannins wrap around a core of pliant, supple fruit as the wine shows off its radiant personality, while pretty spice and floral nuances add complexity to round out the juicy finish.”
92 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous