2018 Birichino Saint Georges Pinot Noir
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Dry, med-bodied red; redcurrant, smooth | Hokkien mee
Birichino's Pinot Noir comes from four sites all suited in their own way to this finicky grape. Expect to unearth the forest floor with a kiss of wild strawberries and dark cherries, complemented by crystalline minerality and a lifted acid kick on the finish. It's great now and will only get better.
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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