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2019 Birichino "Bechthold Vineyard - Old Vine" Mokelumne River Cinsault

SKU #1521205 92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Lodi’s Bechthold Vineyard may be the oldest cinsault source in California, a dry farmed site on a decomposed granite wash from the nearby Sierras. It can produce cinsault of unusual depth, and yet Birichino’s bottling consistently goes against type for such a warm place: This is just 13 percent alcohol, but punches above its weight with a peppery freshness and verve, light bodied and mildly herbal, with vibrant acids for a charcuterie board. (PJC) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

K&L Notes

Few brands occupy as many spots on our shelves (or website) as Birichino. The reasons for this are numerous. Firstly, the wines are absolutely delicious. Secondly, few producers have such a dazzling assortment of varietals and styles, each one worthy of a placement. Third, the prices are very modest given the quality of the wines, growing critical acclaim, and remarkable vineyard sources. Last but not least, I really like working with John and Alex, the founders and winemakers at Birichino. They love what they do, and they’re honest, humble, and personable—qualities that should never be overlooked. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Domestic buyer)


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2021 | Send Email
Another wine I wait in earnest for each year, from the oldest known planting of Cinsault on Earth (planted in 1886), the Bechthold Cinsault is magical. I love this varietal and Birichino’s experience with this site means that this wine is often the gem in the portfolio for me. Elegant, pure, understated power and depth.

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