2018 Birichino, Vin Gris Rosé, California, USA

2018 Birichino, Vin Gris Rosé, California, USA

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2018 Birichino, Vin Gris Rosé, California, USA

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The great wines of Bandol were the inspiration for this wine, however – working with grapes from vines over 120 years old and high-altitude sites – this delicious rosé easily competes with the best that Provence has to offer. Wild strawberries and juicy red-berry fruit radiate from the glass, with subtle herbal and floral notes. A saline and citrus core provides a refreshing palate. A quintessential pairing with summer sunshine, this wine will also work well with white fish, white meat, hard cheeses or summer salads. Drink now to 2024.
Fiona Hayes, Buyer (May 2020)
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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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Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre, aka Monastrell in Spain, is a common blending partner of Syrah and Grenache (aka Garnacha in Spain). In Australia and California it can also appear under the name Mataro.

Mourvèdre's bastion in France is Bandol, where it reigns supreme in the red blends and yielding a savoury, gamey, herby wine. It also commonly features in Southern Rhône, Languedoc & Rousillon blends. 

The grape needs a warm climate to ripen fully. Its stronghold in Spain are the appellations along the south-east Mediterranean(Murcia, Jumilla, Bullas), where it produces rosé, dry red and sweet fortified wines. Monastrell has played a significant part in Spain’s vinous heritage; it nurtures wines that are deep in colour and richly tannic, sometimes overbearing in their intensity and concentration

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