Big Basin Vineyards

Rattlesnake Rock Syrah

9.295 ratings
9.223 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Carole Meredith

Really hitting its stride. Wonderfully complex wine. @bigbasinwine

Really hitting its stride. Wonderfully complex wine. @bigbasinwine

2 people found it helpfulDec 9th, 2014
Matt Ryan

Hospitality Director Big Basin Vineyards

9.7

Magnums show you care, double magnums show you're in it to win it! Rocking fresh dark fruit, huge minerailty and graphite. Oak sweetness. Iron. White pepper. This bottle is barely hitting it's prime. Best of Old and New World Syrah. Can't wait to open mine in some years!

Magnums show you care, double magnums show you're in it to win it! Rocking fresh dark fruit, huge minerailty and graphite. Oak sweetness. Iron. White pepper. This bottle is barely hitting it's prime. Best of Old and New World Syrah. Can't wait to open mine in some years!

2 people found it helpfulAug 16th, 2014
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.3

Great stuff. Despite the prolonged barrel ageing, this demonstrate tremendous balance between its dark fruit components, demanding tannins and brisk acidity, all gently supported by dark chocolate, sweet licorice and bay leaf additions. Loads of life left. 93+

Great stuff. Despite the prolonged barrel ageing, this demonstrate tremendous balance between its dark fruit components, demanding tannins and brisk acidity, all gently supported by dark chocolate, sweet licorice and bay leaf additions. Loads of life left. 93+

1 person found it helpfulAug 13th, 2015
Bradley Brown

Owner/Winemaker Big Basin Vineyards

9.7

Intense, still alive and maybe at its best since bottling. WOTN incl 05 Pax Alder Spring "the knob", 05 Arnot-Roberts Alder Springs and 05 Rattlesnake Rock

Intense, still alive and maybe at its best since bottling. WOTN incl 05 Pax Alder Spring "the knob", 05 Arnot-Roberts Alder Springs and 05 Rattlesnake Rock

1 person found it helpfulOct 23rd, 2014
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.3

Creosote and tar with yesterday's wood fire aromas balanced by greatly refined notes of pure dark cherries and black currant fruit, with the charred oak present but integrated. Full and rich yet lively and acidic, showing a stoney profile where fruit, tannins and acidity are polished but still obvious. Toasty oak adds complexity and the spice notes reminds me Guigal's La La bottlings. Impressive and age worthy too.

Creosote and tar with yesterday's wood fire aromas balanced by greatly refined notes of pure dark cherries and black currant fruit, with the charred oak present but integrated. Full and rich yet lively and acidic, showing a stoney profile where fruit, tannins and acidity are polished but still obvious. Toasty oak adds complexity and the spice notes reminds me Guigal's La La bottlings. Impressive and age worthy too.

Jan 7th, 2016
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.1

Getting a little Cote Rotie here. Very nice.

Getting a little Cote Rotie here. Very nice.

Apr 24th, 2014
Matt Ryan

Hospitality Director Big Basin Vineyards

10

Happy to get high on this supply. Iron, graphite, crushed rock, wild bramble berries and layers upon layers with a long unfolding finish. Rocking.

Happy to get high on this supply. Iron, graphite, crushed rock, wild bramble berries and layers upon layers with a long unfolding finish. Rocking.

Mar 23rd, 2014
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

8.4

Developed, spicy and dark berry scented, this monstrous wine show concentration and overall balance, very evident oak treatment and juicy acidity.

Developed, spicy and dark berry scented, this monstrous wine show concentration and overall balance, very evident oak treatment and juicy acidity.

Mar 12th, 2014
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.1

Wild, flirtig with a ripe, Northern Rhone Syrah in its meaty expression. Well done.

Wild, flirtig with a ripe, Northern Rhone Syrah in its meaty expression. Well done.

Dec 23rd, 2013
Bradley Brown

Owner/Winemaker Big Basin Vineyards

9.3

Umami, vibrant And fresh. Iron, floral hints. Aging great - going strong.

Umami, vibrant And fresh. Iron, floral hints. Aging great - going strong.

Aug 15th, 2013