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Saint Georges Pinot Noir Old Vines

Birichino - Saint Georges Pinot Noir Old Vines 2018

USA
Red Wine from California · USA
Price: £28.95
Case Rate: £28.95
Ex Tax: £22.08
Country:
USA
USA
Wine Region: California
Wine Area: Central Coast
Winery: Birichino
Grape: Pinot Noir
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Rating 90 pts  Vinous/Stephen Tanzer
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Country:
USA
USA
Wine Region: California
Wine Area: Central Coast
Winery: Birichino
Grape: Pinot Noir
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

For the first time, the vast majority of Saint Georges comes from three blocks farmed by George Besson off the eastern flank of Santa Cruz Mountains. Though we have included a small amount of wine from Lilo, Enz & Boer Vineyards, all of which are more or less up in the hills, it is not a mountain wine. Nonetheless, no adjective describes this wine better than “alpine.” To our palate, the wine recalls the pinot noirs from the Jura or Valle d’Aosta – some distance from us – more so than those from Corralitos in the Santa Cruz Mountains, or the Santa Lucia Highlands roughly 10 and 40 miles away, respectively. We have come to learn that this small corner of the Santa Clara Valley marks the red wines produced there by the scent of botanical extracts, mountain herbs, and cherry liqueur. The Saint Georges is bottled earlier than the single site wines, and carries less acidity and tannin. It is generally ready to roll right out of the gate

Expert reviews

Vinous/Stephen Tanzer (2018) - 90 pts

Light, bright red. Primary red berry and cherry scents show fine definition and a hint of blood orange emerges as the wine opens up. Taut and sharply focused, offering spice-laced redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a spicy jolt of white pepper. Finishes long, tangy and precise, with subtle tannins and a resonating red fruit note.


Wine Enthusiast (2018) - 93 pts

There's a fascinating mix of freshness and funk on the nose of this bottling, from crisp red currants and pluots to dried, pepper-crusted meat and dusty herbs. It's lightly bodied on the palate, where earthy flavors of dried sausage and dried clay meet with lightly tart cranberry and tangy pomegranate. MATT KETTMANN