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Bechthold Cinsault Old Vines

Birichino - Bechthold Cinsault Old Vines 2019

USA
Red Wine from California · USA
Price: £28.95
Case Rate: £28.95
Ex Tax: £22.08
Country:
USA
USA
Wine Region: California
Winery: Birichino
Grape: Cinsault
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Country:
USA
USA
Wine Region: California
Winery: Birichino
Grape: Cinsault
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

No wine is more emblematic of the Birichino style than Bechthold Cinsault Rouge. These are the only grapes on which we perform saignée. They grow in a very hot area, an area beloved and derided for its large scaled, often lazy, high alcohol caricatures. So here we have a somewhat artificially concentrated wine from an indisputably hot area, already known for concentrated wines, produced by a house known for modestly proportioned wines, and yet somehow, unaccountably, it is hardly our lushest red, and indeed our most superficially diminutive. It is important to emphasize the “superficially” bit, for while it tips in at a mere 12.5% alcohol with an unimpeachably civilized greeting; the handshake squeezes more forcefully than anticipated. It acts like nothing so much as an old school Cru Beaujolais – all violets and room temperature molten rock.