Big Basin Vineyards


Information about the planted areas of this vineyard

Grape Profile

Grape Details

Varietals: Syrah, Roussanne, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Grenache
Vine Age: 14.2 years (average)
Wine Regions: Santa Cruz Mountains
Hillside Locations: Yes

Vineyard Size

Planted Area: 9.88 acres

Wine History

Grapes from these blocks have been used in the following wines:
Wine (Vintage)PriceScore
1. Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Rattlesnake Rock (2007)$5494
2. Rattlesnake Rock Syrah (2009)$5591
3. Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly Grenache Syrah (2009)$4891
4. Homestead Block Roussanne (2011)$48
5. Old Corral Syrah (2009)$5593
6. Old Corral Syrah (2010)$5594
7. Old Corral Syrah (2011)$5591
8. Rattlesnake Rock Syrah (2010)$5593
9. Rattlesnake Rock Syrah (2011)$5591
10. Homestead Block Roussanne (2012)$4891

Farm Certifications

Certified: California Certified Organic Farmers

Land Profile


Elevation1282 ft.
Slope19.3% (10.93°)
AspectSouthwest (220.24°)

Solar Radiation

Average Radiation TotalWH/m2
Growing Season151018.86

Climate Indices

Index Name
Growing Degree-Days2868.49
Huglin Index2119.44
Biologically Effective Degree-Days1639.67

Temperature & Rainfall

AverageHi °FLow °FRain in.
Growing Season76.849.97.06
For more detailed information about the topography, climate, and soil of the vineyard blocks that grew these grapes, click on the individual blocks in the block list.

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Block List

Planted Areas of this Vineyard (14)

  1. Block: 10 (0.93 acres)
    Grape: Roussanne
    1214.53 ft. | Los Osos, Sur
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  2. Block: 2 (0.22 acres)
    Grape: Viognier
    1341.62 ft. | Los Osos, Sur
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About Estate

Our Santa Cruz Mountain Estate vineyard was planted in 2000 on a steep, windswept hillside where French immigrants first grew wine grapes a 100 years ago. We are passionately dedicated to our vineyards, farm organically and keep yields very low. Our mission is to create wines that reveal the complex nuances of the vineyards that inspire them - cool climate, ocean-influenced, mountain vineyards. We strive for a transparent expression of place with Pinot Noir, Syrah, Roussanne and Chardonnay wines that originate from single vineyard sources. Every wine we produce is hand crafted in small lots (less than 1.5 tons) with whole berry and whole cluster fermentations using only native yeast then barrel aged in the French oak barrels without racking before finally bottling without fining or filtration. Our goal is to produce wines that not only evoke a sense of place, but compel you to ponder their nuance and beauty. Our single vineyard wines and others we craft from blends of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Zinfandel, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, have received critical acclaim in the international wine press including Robert Parker Jr.s Wine Advocate, Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Wine Spectator Magazine and others. Antonio Galloni of The Wine Advocate recently had this to say, "I tasted a bevy of gorgeous wines with proprietor Bradley Brown this year. These new and upcoming releases are impeccable and strongly suggest Brown is one of the up and coming stars of the region. I can hardly wait to see how his wines develop in the future." Our wines are produced in limited quantities and many are available only in our tasting room and to our mailing list. Join us in our Tasting Room in the historic Saratoga Village, on our Facebook page and our mailing list.

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Data Notes and References


Farm Certifications: See the certifications page to learn more about the farm certifications Everyvine tracks.
Soil Horizon: Bedrock value set to "-" is not available. Available water capacity units are cm/cm.
Solar Radiation: Area Solar radiation has been calculated in watt hours per square meter (WH/m2)
Topography: Topography values are averaged over the block area. Aspect is expressed in positive degrees from 0 to 359.9, measured clockwise from north.
Growing Season: For use in various statistical averages, Everyvine defines the vineyard growing season as the period April 1st to October 31st.


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Topography: Topographic and solor radiation calculations are based on 1/3 arc-second (approx. 10m) elevation models. Data provided by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), EROS Data Center, National Elevation Dataset,, 1999
Climate Indices: Calculations based on methodologies described by Gregory Jones and John Gladstones. See the following:
  • Jones, G.V, Duff, A.A., Hall, A., and J. Myers (2009). Spatial analysis of climate in winegrape growing regions in the western United States.” American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, in Press Spring 2010.
  • Gladstones, J. (1992) Viticulture and environment (Winetitles: Adelaide).
Month Climate Averages: Monthly and annual temperature and rainfall values based on 30-arcsec (800m) normals for the climatological period 1971-2000. Data provided by PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University,, October 31,2008
Soil: Soil data is collected from the following sources:
  • SSURGO: Soil Survey Staff, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO) Database. Available online at
  • STATSGO2: Soil Survey Staff, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture. U.S. General Soil Map (STATSGO2). Available online at
  • Web Soil Survey: Soil Survey Staff, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Web Soil Survey. Available online at
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