Big Basin's first estate vineyard sits high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, surrounded by the agave plants and quince, plum, and walnut trees that still remain from when the land was first homesteaded in the 1880s. Planted in 1998 by owner and winemaker Bradley Brown, the winery's first release came in 2002. Nearly 20 years later, Big Basin has ascended to become one of the critical darlings of the Santa Cruz and Gabilan Mountains.
Bradley works with fruit from his two organic vineyards as well as select other hillside sites throughout the Santa Cruz and Gabilan Mountains. With a focus on Rhône grape varieties–though plenty of success with others too!–these wines showcase the unique potential of these regions.
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