2009 Big Basin Vineyards "Homestead" Santa Cruz/Monterey Red Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Homestead is 46% Grenache, 43% Syrah and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, mostly sourced from estate vineyards. This attractive red wine fleshes out nicely in the glass, with compelling dark fruit, sweet spices and flowers. Floral notes reappear on the finish adding brightness and lift. The Homestead is an attractive, fruit-forward offering best enjoyed over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. Bradley Brown crafts gorgeous artisan wines from his vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey County. The wines are fermented with ambient yeasts, see no racking and are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(46% grenache, 43% syrah and 11% cabernet sauvignon): Bright violet color. Black raspberry, cherry and a touch of mint on the fragrant nose. Juicy and taut on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering fresh red and dark berry flavors and a hint of palate-numbing cracked pepper. Finishes bright and spicy, with very good clarity and smoky persistence.
Snappy dark berry and plummy flavors are pure, clean and mouthwatering in this refreshing, easy-drinking red. Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2016. (Web Only- 2012)