2009 Big Basin Vineyards "Odeon" Santa Cruz Mountains Red Blend (750ml)15 1 0 0
(The 2009 Odeon bursts from the glass with hugely attractive melange of dark fruit. A layered, deeply resonant wine, the 2009 is rich, powerful and impeccably polished from start to finish. Blackberries, menthol, licorice and smoke are all layered into the huge, voluptuous finish. This is a fabulous showing for the 2009 Odeon, Big Basin's Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon blend. (Drink between 2013-2019) AG (6/2013)
92 points Jeb Dunnuck
The 2009 Big Basin Vineyards Odeon, a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet all from the Santa Cruz Mountains, was aged for 27 months in 60% new French oak. Rich and savory, with loads of ripe berry fruit, bouquet garni, smoke, and hints of chocolate, it is full-bodied and shows the seamless, elegant texture that is quickly becoming the hallmark of this estate. Showing ripe, integrated tannin on the finish, yet still approachable and supple, it will continue to impress for upwards of a decade or more. (12/2012)
The 2009 Odeon, a Syrah/Cabernet blend, is quite harmonious. Today, the Cabernet seems to have the upper hand in the wine’s balance. Dark red fruit, grilled herbs, flowers and mint flesh out on the finish, supported by firm Cabernet tannins. The 2009 is Cabernet from the House Vineyard in Saratoga and Syrah from Coastview. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017.
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. Most of the 2010 Pinots were harvested during the first week of October, on the late side that year. The wines spent 16 months in French oak, between roughly 40-60% new. The 2009 Syrahs were picked during a broad window that started in early October and lasted much of the month. Brown gave his 2009 Syrahs about 27 months in French oak, from 50-86% new. I also tasted a number of wines from barrel, most of them 2010 Syrahs and Syrah-blends. Today, those wines are very promising, as the cold 2010 vintage seems to have brought out the maximum in varietal definition and nuance. AG (8/2012)