2016 Birichino "Bechthold Vineyard Old Vines" Mokelumne River Cinsault SKU #1319346


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Winery notes: "It is a rare privilege to work with perhaps the oldest significant planting of cinsault in the world. Fermentation is with indigenous yeast, and the 2016 Bechthold Cinsault red is the epitome of Birichino style- condensed, focused, and complete, yet without leaning on weight and extraction. Cinsault is a surprisingly versatile variety, especially as the product of 130 year-old vines. As a component of our rosé, it radiates nothing but sunshine, tenderness and light. But here, as a red wine, it reveals added dimensions of rock, earth, and deep dark fruit. Drink of it, and partake of vines that witnessed the birth of the automobile, the dawn of the 8 hour workday, and the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, La Liberté Eclairant le Monde."

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  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is made from 130-year-old, head-trained, non-irrigated, organically farmed vines. It shows intense concentration, dark purple fruits, and dimension resulting from native yeast and varied soil types. After it is picked, the fruit is saignéed for Birichino’s vin gris, making the juice that remains for this wine even more intense.
    Top Value!


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