2016 Birichino, Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault, Old Vines, Mokelumne River, California, USA

2016 Birichino, Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault, Old Vines, Mokelumne River, California, USA

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2016 Birichino, Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault, Old Vines, Mokelumne River, California, USA

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These “centenarian” vines were planted in 1886 – and while they use most of the fruit to make their delicious Vin Gris Rosé, since 2012 they’ve also been making a red. At 12.5 percent alcohol, this wine has incredible restraint but with an intensity that holds its own. There are notes of violet, pomegranate, wild flowers and cranberries, followed by a savoury, chalky tannin profile.
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Birichino

Birichino

Birichino, pronounced biri-kino, is a very interesting project.  Founded in Santa Cruz in 2008, and drawing on a combined 35 years making and selling wine in California, France, and Italy, owners and winemakers Alex Krause and John Locke are focused on attaining the perfect balance of perfume, poise, and puckishness with a particular fondness for varieties that provide enormous pleasure and re-ëstablish a direct connection to the sensual world (at least, that’s what they say).

John worked from 1990 to 2007 with the legendary Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard, with (the equally legendary) André Ostertag of Domaine Ostertag in Alsace in 1993, and with a host of small producers across Italy and south-western France.  Alex started in 1992 with Randall, worked with John in the cellar, and then escaped to the sales side in the later 90's to eventually serve today as Director of Export Sales for Bonny Doon Vineyard. 

Their Grenache is from a vineyard planted in 1910, with vines on their own roots.   Made with natural yeast fermentation, a bit of whole cluster, and no fining or filtration, from 100 year old vines.

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