2017 Birichino Contra Costa County Old Vines Mourvèdre
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Mourvèdre
Dry, med-bodied red; cherries and graphite | Beef burgers
Located in the Sacramento River Delta, 60 miles north-east of San Fran, these 100-year-old vines have their roots in the deep sands of the old riverbed. These high-density vines are ungrafted, and their fruit is treated to short maceration to allow the historic intensity and aromatic character shine through one year of aging in neutral barriques.
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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