2017 Birichino Vin Gris
Region: USA, California
Grape Varieties: Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Grenache, Vermentino
Dry, light-bodied rosé; fruit picnic | Grilled chicken with Caprese salad
"More rock than roll(e)" is how Alex and John describe this wine, and while we don't exactly disagree, they undersell the playful balance that they found with this blended rosé. While muscular Mourvèdre, with its signature spice and grapefruit, sings loudest, the backing band of juicy Grenache, fragrant Cinsault and fruity Vermentino are no slouches. Delightful on its own (chilled), and refreshing with a wide array of food!
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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