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Big Basin Rattlesnake Syrah 2005

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Raves for Big Basin's 05 "Rattlesnake Rock" SyrahVinfolio, 94 PointsWine & Spirits, 92 PointsRobert Parker 92 PointsWinemaker Bradley Brown rode into the hills of Santa Cruz while I was consulting with the famed Bonny Doon Vineyard. A co-worker went to work for him at Big Basin, and insisted I try their wines. I was immediately impressed.Although Robert Parker also loves Bradleys wines (see above), and I often find Parker Wines to be characateurs with over-exaggerated features. But this one has redeeming qualities. You see, Parker, talented though he is, tastes 50+ wines a day without food. In such an artificial setting, one develops a bias towards wines with excessive ripeness, oak, and tannins. Wines that can turn heads upon first sight, but that may not live up to expectations after some extended sipping - more Anna Nicole Smith than, say, Hillary Swank. I'm guessing. I've never spent an evening in conversation with the Swanks, but it seems a safe bet.This Big Basin syrah IS a big wine - aged for 19 months in 100% new French oak and with alcohol at an innebriating 14.6%. But is was also fermented with natural yeasts, from grapes that were meticulously sorted (both in the vineyard and on the sorting table) to eliminate any bad apples, so to speak. Bradley aslo uses the daring and gutsy technique of eschewing racking, only decanting directly into the bottle, unfiltered of course, at the conclusion of his barrel aging regime. The result is a wine of amazing depth and interest.Cheers!Dave the Wine Merchant

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Big Basin Vineyards:
We make Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir and Cabernet from the Santa Cruz Mountains and finer areas in Monterey such as the Santa Lucia Highlands. We sell primarily direct through our mailing list and ship to over 30 states.

Editorial Reviews for Big Basin Rattlesnake Syrah

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
0.00 5
02/04/2013

Opaque black red violet color; aromatic, tart plum, baked plum, light smoke, roasted black fruit, lifted nose; tasty, poised, complex, tart roasted plum, olive tapenade, light pepper, mineral, smoke meat, green olive palate; medium-plus finish. 94 points


External Reviews for Big Basin Rattlesnake Syrah

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

The 2005 Syrah Mandala possesses more intense fruit, not the complexity of the Rattlesnake Rock, but is just as good because of the sweetness, purity, and overall harmony of its elements. With superb purity, an expressive style, and loads of soul and... Robert Parker. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2005 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Mandala 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2009

A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2005 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Rattlesnake Rock 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Beefy, with pepper, blueberry, sage and herbal scents. This is intense, focused and tannic, yet the fruit flavors pore through, providing a long, rich aftertaste. Drink now through 2013. 220 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2005 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Fairview Ranch 750ml



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Raves for Big Basin's 05 "Rattlesnake Rock" SyrahVinfolio, 94 PointsWine & Spirits, 92 PointsRobert Parker 92 PointsWinemaker Bradley Brown rode into the hills of Santa Cruz while I was consulting with the famed Bonny Doon Vineyard. A co-worker went to work for him at Big Basin, and insisted I try their wines. I was immediately impressed.Although Robert Parker also loves Bradleys wines (see above), and I often find Parker Wines to be characateurs with over-exaggerated features. But this one has redeeming qualities. You see, Parker, talented though he is, tastes 50+ wines a day without food. In such an artificial setting, one develops a bias towards wines with excessive ripeness, oak, and tannins. Wines that can turn heads upon first sight, but that may not live up to expectations after some extended sipping - more Anna Nicole Smith than, say, Hillary Swank. I'm guessing. I've never spent an evening in conversation with the Swanks, but it seems a safe bet.This Big Basin syrah IS a big wine - aged for 19 months in 100% new French oak and with alcohol at an innebriating 14.6%. But is was also fermented with natural yeasts, from grapes that were meticulously sorted (both in the vineyard and on the sorting table) to eliminate any bad apples, so to speak. Bradley aslo uses the daring and gutsy technique of eschewing racking, only decanting directly into the bottle, unfiltered of course, at the conclusion of his barrel aging regime. The result is a wine of amazing depth and interest.Cheers!Dave the Wine Merchant

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