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Birichino - Saint Georges Pinot Noir Old Vines 2018

Red Wine from California · USA
£28.95 £26.50
Case Rate: £26.50
Ex Tax: £22.08
Country:
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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90 pts  Vinous/Stephen Tanzer
Country:
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

Winery information

Birichino

Based in Santa Cruz, Birichino was founded in 2008 by friends Alex Krause and John Locke. Alex and John met whilst working at Randall Grahm's Bonny Doon Vineyard and share a passion for perfumed, elegant but slightly mischievous wines; in fact, Birichino is Italian for 'mischievous'! The Birichino style is very much in the vein of 'New Wave California'. The focus is on drinkability, fruit expression, elegance and lower alcohol levels. Oak is rarely seen, whole bunch is embraced, native yeasts are in and filtration is out. Alex and John source grapes from reputable growers, who farm very old vineyards in mostly maritime-influenced or higher altitude areas such as Monterey or Santa Cruz Mountains but they also work with some extremely old vineyards in Lodi. Their Cinsault from the Bechthold vineyard is made from the world's oldest Cinsault plants. These wines represent exceptionally good value, given their pedigree

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

Vinification notes

This wine was vinified under the mysterious and prismatic auspices of wild yeast. Elevage was just shy of 1 year in cement and quite old barriques before we bottled, unfined and unfiltered, in early Fall of the following vintage.