Wine of the Week
While out on a family tasting trip in Saratoga over the holidays, I fell in love with Big Basin’s 2011 Homestead, a red blend of 48 percent Mourvedre, 24 percent Carignane, 18 percent Zinfandel, 7 percent Syrah and 3 percent Grenache.
Aromatic with great body, balance and finish, this wine possesses a beautiful dark red/purple color with a perfumed inky nose of dark black fruit, crushed rocks and hints of acacia flowers, gamey spices and anise. Bright and expressive on the palate with echoes of the dark berry fruit and gamey spices, mouth coating tannins, lively acidity and a finish that builds with intense notes of huckleberries. The moderate alcohol level and good acidity make this a great food wine and one that is likely to age exceptionally well, however, it is very approachable and enjoyable now.
Big Basin’s tasting room is located in the quaint village of Saratoga at 14598 Big Basin Way. To purchase the wine visit their website or call the tasting room at (408) 564-7346.