2016 Birichino "Besson Vineyard Old Vine" Central Coast Grenache SKU #1344984


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Birichino is not a brand-new winery, having been around for a decade now, but its popularity is gaining strength as people look toward older California vineyards for their vibrancy and concentration of fruit. Founders Alex Krause and John Locke source their fruit from family-owned vineyards planted in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The unique environment in which the vines are planted has allowed for phylloxera resistance and therefore they have been able to survive, own-rooted. Because they have such amazing material to work with, these guys aim for minimal intervention in the winery, favoring native fermentations, neutral oak and little filtration. The under-$20 price tag for all of their offerings is astonishing given the stunning quality of the wines and the historical nature of many of the sites that contribute to them.

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  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    he vines for this wine were planted in 1910 a short distance from the Santa Cruz Mountains. The lack of irrigation and the advanced age of the vines result in very low yields, producing grapes of great intensity and focus. Unlike some of its counterparts in the Rhône, this Grenache is light and mineral driven, but still shows great depth of flavor and complexity.
    Top Value!


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