Not sure this wine was intended to sit around this long and don’t even know if they even make it anymore, but this is Big Basin’s little 20$ GSM-cab-carignane kitchen sink blend I have loved many times off brestaurant lists and found this orphan today in the cellar. Big Basin needs no introduction to the wine1percent OR loyal readers, as their pinot & syrah offerings woo me over and over (at several times this price tho…).
Nice grainy thick nose with massive spice, dark cherry Coke and a shit-ton of structure. Actually softer on the palate than comes across in the bouquet, feeling a touch flabby and def polished. This was never designed to be a blockbuster wine, and headed into 7 it is definitely showing a soft fruitiness, round and sweet, full and at peak, tannins no where near what I thought they would be from the nose. Not even complaining. Gorgeous stuff.
2013 BIG BASIN VINEYARDS ‘Homestead’ sy/cg/gr/mv/cab 30/26/22/19/3 California 14.5