2016 Birichino "Bechthold Vineyard Old Vines" Mokelumne River Cinsault

SKU #1319346 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a fresh, lively and refreshing bottling from old vines, which often offer deep complexity on a lighter frame. Aromas of rose petals, hibiscus, cranberry and wet cement lead into a palate full of crisp red currant, tangy strawberry, and a stunningly rocky minerality. Serve slightly chilled. *Editors' Choice* (MK)  (3/2018)

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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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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2018 | Send Email
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.
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Central Valley/Lodi

- With a reputation for bulk wine and table grapes, little to no quality wine has emerged from the expansive Central Valley since companies like Franzia and Gallo staked their claim here. The exception are new wine ventures in sub-AVAs Lodi and Clarksburg, home to jammy zinfandels and surprisingly distinguished chenin blancs respectively.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5