2017 Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Grenache (105 years old!)
Dry, med-bodied red; kirsch and leather | Terrine
Walking through the Besson vineyard in December, we couldn't resist picking some post-harvest bunches of tiny-berried Grenache from the centenarian vines. They were irresistibly concentrated yet balanced, and we understood how this wine is so entrancing, year-in, year-out. Strawberry coulis, a dash of white pepper and plenty of rose petals, all bound together by silky tannins and acidity. Just stunning.
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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