Alex Krause and John Locke founded Birichino in Santa Cruz in 2008. Drawing on a combined four decades making wine in California, France, Italy, and beyond. Sourcing from a number of carefully farmed, family-owned vineyards planted by and large in more moderate, marine-influenced climates. Their preference is for minimal intervention, most often favouring native fermentations, employing stainless steel or neutral barrels, minimal racking and fining, and avoiding filtration altogether when possible.
The aromatics contain a lot of herbaceous characters, especially wild thyme. There are undertones of a dusty earthiness and wet stone, these are interlaced with vibrant red berry fruit. The palate's tension is tremendous, with a wonderful, racy acidity that carries with it a delicious rocky mineral character. The wonderful vibrant red berry fruit inter plays nicely, and lifts on the finish leaving a bitter cranberry edge, which leaves you wanting another sip. It's light bodied, but the tannins are firm and grippy, held in check though by that crisp acidity.
A wine to savour for its vibrancy and varietal character. It would work well with softer cuts of meat, such as a good fillet steak, or poultry. If vegetarian, try it with a ragout