2016 Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc
Dry, med-bodied white; tropical, lemon rind | Mediterranean salad
The Jurassic Park Vineyard gets its name because Alex & John previously found some dinosaur fossils buried deep beneath - perhaps becoming a good indicator of how long lived these Chenin Blancs will be. Apple cider, beeswax and lemon rinds, with some chalky minerality waiting to be unearthed and discovered.
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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