Big House Pink 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Tasting Notes The Reagan yearsduring which the Vin Gris de Cigare was introduceddo not, in hindsight, seem to be a likely period in which to inaugurate a sophisticated, sensitive, pink-tinted wine founded with foreign-sounding varieties. We tempt fate again with Big House Pink, hardly an international terroirist, but an affront none the less to those that would have us drinking strictly red and white (and the occasional blaufrnkisch), preferably derived from freedom-loving American grapes like zinfandel or, better yet, chancellor. Big House Pink is, and will likely continue to be a blend of divers Italianate varieties including sangiovese, zinfandel, barbera, refosco, pinot blanc, and too many others to mention. Where as Vin Gris de Cigare exhibits spicy, creamy and botanical accents on top of its fruitful core, BHP is a more unabashed study in cranberry, watermelon and strawberry guava.Tart, crisp and almost luridly art deco, one can imagine it taking up residence at the finest and most pastelhued tables of South Beach or Key West.

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Big House Wines:
The Big House wines were born of the subversive notion that the California climate is more hospitable to the rollicking, sun loving grapes of Mediterranean France, Italy and Spain than some other varieties that should probably remain nameless (eg: cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and merlot). In the big house we have gone back to our roots, blending these distinct varieties to create a far more ... Read more
The Big House wines were born of the subversive notion that the California climate is more hospitable to the rollicking, sun loving grapes of Mediterranean France, Italy and Spain than some other varieties that should probably remain nameless (eg: cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and merlot). In the big house we have gone back to our roots, blending these distinct varieties to create a far more complex wine that elegantly matches a wide variety of cuisine, from pizza, to BBQ ribs and roast chicken. Why Is It Called Big House? Our Soledad Winery in Monterey County, is a mere ankle iron’s toss from the Soledad State Correctional Facility, aka The Clink, The Slammer, The Hoosegow, The Cooler. Our vineyard portrayed next to The Pokey in a visually benevolent milieu likely not familiar to the “residents” of the Big House, yields a most compelling wine. The Big House actually resides on an oenophilic temporal door between California and the Mediterranean. Our winemaking philosophy is driven by several very salient themes, that include: 1) Having as much fun as possible in the enterprise of winemaking as the government agencies will allow; 2) producing wine and wine labels that will inspire and move people; 3) retaining as much of the natural qualities of the grapes as possible, and making wines that are friendly both to foods and the people that consume them; 4) Always giving priority to lesser known varietals in the hopes of uprooting the homogeneous mass that is currently controlling out palate and our wallet. Read less

Wine Tasting Notes The Reagan yearsduring which the Vin Gris de Cigare was introduceddo not, in hindsight, seem to be a likely period in which to inaugurate a sophisticated, sensitive, pink-tinted wine founded with foreign-sounding varieties. We tempt fate again with Big House Pink, hardly an international terroirist, but an affront none the less to those that would have us drinking strictly red and white (and the occasional blaufrnkisch), preferably derived from freedom-loving American grapes like zinfandel or, better yet, chancellor. Big House Pink is, and will likely continue to be a blend of divers Italianate varieties including sangiovese, zinfandel, barbera, refosco, pinot blanc, and too many others to mention. Where as Vin Gris de Cigare exhibits spicy, creamy and botanical accents on top of its fruitful core, BHP is a more unabashed study in cranberry, watermelon and strawberry guava.Tart, crisp and almost luridly art deco, one can imagine it taking up residence at the finest and most pastelhued tables of South Beach or Key West.

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