Long believed by many winemakers to be the most difficult grape to grow and craft into a wine, Pinot Noir is worth the struggle. Our Big House® Pinot Noir boasts a seductive, ripe cherry nose that cascades into a smooth, yet sinister, velvety finish. It is so unapologetically delicious, even the “Boss” of Atlantic City, Nucky Johnson wouldn’t have bet against it.
Enoch “Nucky” Johnson was the “boss” of Atlantic City, NJ during the roaring twenties. Taking up residence in the Ritz Carlton Hotel on the AC boardwalk, Nucky could always be found donning his raccoon fur coats and signature red carnation on his lapel. During the 1920’s, Atlantic City served as America’s playground and a refuge from Prohibition. Nucky said of Atlantic City, “We have whiskey, wine, women, song and slot machines. I won’t deny it and I won’t apologize for it. ” In addition to bootlegging, his crime organization was involved in gambling and prostitution around the city.
Prohibition shook America’s foundation. It turned men into mobsters, drove ladies to lawlessness and transformed bootleggers into heroes. Big House® wines are inspired by these bootleggers, who helped bring Prohibition to an end and paid their dues in the Big House. Established in 1990 in Monterey County California, Big House Wine Co. receives its namesake due to the close proximity to the Soledad Correctional Facility, A. K. A. “The Big House. ” Our wines are crafted to deliver a fruit-forward style with an unrestrained full-mouth character that is big, bold and unapologetic.