Big Basin Vineyards

Monterey Pinot Noir

9.025 ratings
9.28 pro ratings
Monterey, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
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9.3

The 2016 Pinot Noir Monterey County is a gorgeous appellation-level wine, not to mention just flat out delicious. A wine of impeccable balance and total class, the 2016 is impossible to resist. A high percentage (85%) of whole clusters adds layers of aromatic nuance without pushing the wine into realm of greenness. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, mint, crushed flowers and mint are some of the many nuances that develop in the glass. Fruit sources are Coastview and Kevin Olson. The Monterey County is bottled after about eleven months in barrel, earlier than the vineyard designates. There is so much personality and character here. In short, don't miss it! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018)

The 2016 Pinot Noir Monterey County is a gorgeous appellation-level wine, not to mention just flat out delicious. A wine of impeccable balance and total class, the 2016 is impossible to resist. A high percentage (85%) of whole clusters adds layers of aromatic nuance without pushing the wine into realm of greenness. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, mint, crushed flowers and mint are some of the many nuances that develop in the glass. Fruit sources are Coastview and Kevin Olson. The Monterey County is bottled after about eleven months in barrel, earlier than the vineyard designates. There is so much personality and character here. In short, don't miss it! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018)

Sep 5th, 2018
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.2

A true candidate for proprietor Bradley Brown’s best generic PN to date. Bursting with ripe strawberries and loamy mineral scents, this medium bodied offering show a stemmy tannic grip and loads of juicy freshness. This is exactly what many US producers are aiming for, but few delivers.

A true candidate for proprietor Bradley Brown’s best generic PN to date. Bursting with ripe strawberries and loamy mineral scents, this medium bodied offering show a stemmy tannic grip and loads of juicy freshness. This is exactly what many US producers are aiming for, but few delivers.

Jan 27th, 2018
Scott Barber

Wine Educator Meadowood Napa Valley

8.8

Fairly disappointing for a good producer. Lacked anything special that Sta Cruz Mtns is capable of. I'm sure they do better in other bottlings

Fairly disappointing for a good producer. Lacked anything special that Sta Cruz Mtns is capable of. I'm sure they do better in other bottlings

Mar 7th, 2016
Mandi Speidel

City Territory Chicago, Maverick Wine Company

9.2

Welcome to Zymology!!
Incredible

Welcome to Zymology!!
Incredible

Nov 15th, 2014
Dave Schneider

Silky smooth for a Pinot with earth and stone wrapped around a nice Core of fruit

Silky smooth for a Pinot with earth and stone wrapped around a nice Core of fruit

Aug 19th, 2017
Erik Sundsten

Great concentration and depth. Still preferred the Santa Cruz 13'.

Great concentration and depth. Still preferred the Santa Cruz 13'.

Mar 6th, 2017
Macallie Atkinson

Super tasty without being too complex. My favorite Pinot noir

Super tasty without being too complex. My favorite Pinot noir

Dec 30th, 2014
Bryant Bickel

Bryant had this 6 years ago

Bryant had this 6 years ago

Mar 4th, 2016
Brad Steven

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Brad had this 6 years ago

Jan 10th, 2016
Marcella Newhouse

Writer/Educator enotecaMarcella

8.7

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Marcella had this 7 years ago

Feb 8th, 2015