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2019 Birichino "Vin Gris" California Rosé

SKU #1475349

Winemaker's Notes: "While our Vin Gris does not change radically from vintage to vintage, each year does display new and particular plumage. The most relevant distinguishing traits of the 2019 are a dramatically increased percentage of old vine fruit, specifically Mourvedre derived principally from a dry-farmed vineyard planted at the end of the 19th century which comprises 29% of the blend. In contrast to the lithe, cooler climate 2018 where Mourvèdre plays a minor role, this vintage is marked by a silky, ample, curvilinear quality in the equatorial regions, and a resulting bit of va va VOOM. As Grenache yields from our usual sources came in under 50% of normal, we have turned to a striking site in deep Arroyo Seco which produces a highly aromatic style of Grenache, even more peachy than the high-altitude El Dorado fruit. At the same time, the aforementioned larger portion of Mourvedre from Contra Costa County provides the wine with the gentlest bit of spine. Vinified as a red, these grapes can produce a tannic, meaty, muscular wine. As a rosé, a complete transformation occurs. Stone fruits and Jolly Rancher watermelon candy dominate the perfume. We ferment it all in one long, native co-fermentation in stainless. In 2019, we were lucky to secure an extra bit of old vine Cinsault from Bechthold, which contributes the violet top note, elevated further by a small quantity of particularly fresh and vivid Vermentino from the Napa side of Carneros."


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