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Birichino Vino - Malvasia Bianca 2018


  • Country: USA
  • Wine Region: California
  • Wine Area: Monterey
  • Wine Maker: Alex Krause and John Locke
  • Grape: Malvasia
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2012) VS: 89 (2013) WE: 90 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

After several vintages of unseasonably cool and late harvests, by mid-August we seemed on track for a harvest date in the 3rd week of September. Lower temperatures in August and September slowed ripening a wee bit, a blessing with aromatic varieties. We picked October 2nd, before sun-up, as is our habit. One of the glories of malvasia is explicit signaling with regard to maturity - these grapes let you know when they are ready. Until then, the bat signal stays firmly tucked. The moment the flavor spectrum includes flowers, sweet citrus, and still a touch of mint, the night sky lights up over Gotham. We continue our practice of extended skin contact, dual stream pressing, and extremely cold fermentation. The most relevant detail for 2012, forgotten until the end here, is that we now draw on a favored block at the northern boundary of the vineyard: a rockier, chalkier terrain which yields a slightly more refined rendition of malvasia, though the telltale response to this wine’s perfume we hear at tastings remains, “Holy extended massive organoleptic eruption, Batman...”

Winery Information

Birichino Vino

Founded in Santa Cruz in 2008, and drawing on a combined four decades making wine in California, France, Italy, and beyond, co-founders and winemakers Alex Krause and John Locke are focused on attaining the perfect balance of perfume, poise, and puckishness. Drawing on a number of carefully farmed, family-owned, own-rooted 19th and early 20th century vineyards (and a few from the late disco era) planted by and large in more moderate, marine-influenced climates, their preoccupation is to.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)89 pts

Wine Advocate #208 Aug 2013 - Jeb Dunnock - A delicious, fragrant and perfumed white, the 2012 Malvasia Blanca (100% Malvasia Bianca aged 5 months in stainless steel) delivers a steely bouquet of citrus rind, melon, flower, exotic herbs and mint. This medium-bodied, fresh and clean white has juicy, integrated acidity and finishes clean and dry, with solid length and a juicy snap to its acidity that has you looking for another sip. A perfect wine to start a meal, it should be purchased by the case and consumed over the coming year. Drink now-2014.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)89 pts

Aug 15 - Josh Raynolds - Light, green-tinged yellow. Aromas of fresh citrus and pit fruits, with a hint of beeswax emerging slowly. Shows good clarity and lift on the palate, offering juicy peach and tangerine flavors that tighten up on the back half. Closes on a spicy note, with good cling and a touch of bitter peach pit.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)90 pts

A beautiful evocation of this up-and-coming variety. While it’s dry and crisp in Monterey acidity, it shows tantalizing flavors of orange, honey, cream and vanilla. Birichino is leading the Malvasia comeback, which could and should rival Muscat. — S.H. (8/1/2013)