2017 Birichino Scylla
Region: USA, California
Grapes: Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre
The debut vintage of this special wine. Average vine age is 99 years. The 62% backbone of this wine is powerful Carignan, bringing high acidity and high tannings. Some ageing in neutral barrels, in time for release by Summer of 2018. Bottled without fining or filtration.
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.
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