2017 Birichino Enz Vineyard Mourvèdre
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Mourvèdre
Dry, med-bodied red; floral, succulent | Levantine lamb ribs
With only three barrels of this wine produced in total, it is a miracle that we have managed to secure an allocation for Singapore. This wine is the result of a blessed partnership with the Enz family, who follow in the footsteps of prospectors and miners to tap this nutrient-rich land directly southwest of the San Andreas Fault for all it's worth. Although there are vines here dating back to 1895, the Mourvèdre plot was planted in 1922.
Birichino was set up in 2008 by Alex Krause and John Locke. Between them, they have around 40 years of combined experience in wineries across California, France and Italy. The self-declared mission of their winery is to craft minimal intervention wines that strike "the 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 or Rhône grape varieties under the Californian sunshine.
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