Big Basin Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard 2016
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93 Points - Vinuous
“The 2016 Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard is a big wine built on phenolics and savoriness rather than on overt fruit. There is a real sense of mountain structure running through the wine. Powerful and ample in feel, with superb freshness, the 2016 offers terrific nuance as well as complexity. I am usually not one to pay a huge amount of attention to numbers, but at 13.7% alcohol, the Coastview is a bit riper than most Chardonnays have been here in the past. And that approach works nicely.”
Notes from the Winemaker
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.