Big Basin Vineyards - Santa Cruz Mountains Homestead 2014
Mourvèdre / Grenache / Carignan / Syrah / Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Santa Cruz Mountains, California, US
Distributed by Frederick Wildman & Sons
From the producer-
Estate grown, organically dry-farmed, hand-harvested, whole cluster native yeast open top fermentation (sometimes co-fermented), neutral oak, no fining or filtration and minimal sulfur. 820 cases produced.
Big Basin Vineyards was founded in 1998 on an historic site in the Santa Cruz Mountains next to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The old ranch property was first settled in the late 1800s. Wine grape cultivation had been started by French immigrants by the early 1900s and continued until 1965 when the property was sold by Justin Lacau, who had named the property “Frenchy’s Ranch”, to a timber company. By the 1990s, all that remained of the vineyards were redwood stakes and scattered vines hidden by brush and poison oak bushes. Our mission has been to restore this historic vineyard site using modern, organic viticultural methods. Drainage and erosion problems have been corrected, while we have nurtured the soil with organic composts and cover crops. Over 90% of the estate is being preserved in its natural state. Mountain lions, bobcats, deer, fox, and coyotes are all found in this forest ecosystem. It is our hope that someday the redwood forest surrounding the vineyards will once again achieve the stature of a primeval old growth forest.