Big Basin Homestead Block Roussanne 2014 Front Label
Big Basin Homestead Block Roussanne 2014 Front Label

Big Basin Homestead Block Roussanne 2014

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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

2014 is quickly gaining notoriety as an exceptional vintage. While it was one of the earliest harvest in history, the wines show beautiful finesse and complexity and relatively low alcohol levels and this Roussanne is no exception. The cool Santa Cruz Mountains are ideal for producing a Roussanne that is aromatically complex with finesse and body, but without becoming ponderous and heavy. This is a Roussanne with energy, freshness and a fantastic mid palate density.

The best pairing for this wine is with scallops. Crab, lobster or white fish will also not disappoint!

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Roussanne Homestead Block is terrific. Offering up beautiful purity and focus in its buttered citrus, toast bread, honeysuckle and white flower-laced bouquet, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, vibrant acidity and a lively, layered, lengthy texture. This is an impressive Roussanne that can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 2-4 years, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it evolve for longer.
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Located in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Big Basin Vineyards is terraced into a steep hillside first planted to grape vines by French immigrants over 100 years ago. Their winery and the vineyards they work with are located at sites in the Santa Cruz and Gabilan Mountains that are as beautiful as they are exceptional for grape growing. They farm organically and practice minimal-intervention winemaking with the goal of producing wines that transparently and authentically express site and variety. 

Big Basin believes that their choice of vineyards, picking at the right time to retain intensity and elegance, and minimalistic winemaking practices are the keys to producing more aromatic and ethereal wines - new world wines with old world soul. Owner and winemaker Bradley Brown has been on a 20 year quest to produce beautiful and soulful wines. Winemaker Blake Yarger joined the team in 2017 and together they are always fine tuning practices to more transparently express the vineyards.

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A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA stretches from Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco, to the northern border of Monterey County. Elevations range from 800 feet to upwards of 3,000 and microclimates vary substantially depending on which side of the mountains the vineyards lie; cool ocean winds and fog play an important role here. This can be a challenging region in which to grow grapes, but it is well worth the effort. Santa Cruz Mountains wines are noted for balanced acidity levels, often showing great aging potential. Wine has been made here since the 1800s, most notably from the legendary Ridge Vineyards, whose Monte Bello vineyard garners international admiration.

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars of this region, while Merlot and Zinfandel also perform quite well. Organic and sustainable vineyard practices are becoming increasingly common.

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Full and silky in body but also charmingly crisp, Roussanne is native to the Rhône Valley of France. It is responsible for some of the finest Northern Rhône white wines. Roussanne adds richness and acidity to Marsanne’s soft, fruitiness, making age worthy and highly respected whites. Somm Secret—Roussanne takes its name from the French word, roux, meaning rouge or red because of the berry’s pink glow. In California, virtually all of the 339 acres of Roussanne come from true clones brought over by Tablas Creek and John Alban.

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