2015 Birichino "Old Vines" Mourvedre Contra Costa County

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Winemaker's notes: "A dwindling patchwork of densely planted, very old vineyards perseveres in this balmy stretch of the Sacramento River Delta. Its deep sands have protected these ungrafted roots from a century of the ravages of phylloxera, though the threat from above of new housing developments persists. True to our mission of producing wines that give pleasure, revitalize, and revive, our bottling takes Mourvedre in a less-traveled direction. Rather than scaling it up, we exercised a lighter hand with fewer punchdowns and fairly short macerations followed by elevage in neutral puncheons and barriques for a year to produce an elegant, aromatic, yet persistent Mourvedre."

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2018 | Send Email
The sandy soil of the Sacramento River Delta in which this vineyard grows has inhibited any phylloxera infection over the years. This has permitted the vines to remain on their original roots, which are now over 100 years old. A lighter hand is used in making this wine and aging is done only in neutral oak, so as to not overwhelm the delicate flavors.
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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5