2016 Birichino Bechthold Vineyard Old Vines Cinsault
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Cinsault (planted 1886)
Dry, light-bodied red; hauntingly aromatic | A leg of ham and a wheel of cheese
Alex and John were part of the team that helped rescue the Bechthold vineyard from obscurity (with assistance from none other than Nicolas Joly!) during their time at Bonny Doon, and have continued working with the fruit from this iconic vineyard. It's an intoxicating elixir of delicate, perfumed fruit, with a strong core of minerality and the gentlest whisper of grape tannin. Light, deep, evanescent, captivating and above all, profound.
Birichino was set up in 2008 by Alex Krause and John Locke. Both have years of experience in wineries across California, France and Italy. The self-declared mission of the winery is to craft minimal intervention wines that strike "perfect balance of perfume, poise, and puckishness". We feel this hits the nail on the head, as Birichino (meaning cheeky, or mischievous in Italian) certainly lives up to its name. Their wines toy with our expectations by finding expression for Italian grape varieties under the Californian sunshine.
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