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, they are focused on attaining the perfect balance of perfume, poise, and puckishness. Sourcing from a number of carefully farmed, family-owned, own-rooted 19th and early 20th century vineyards (and a few from the late disco era) planted by and large in more moderate, marine-influenced climates, their preoccupation is to safeguard the quality and vibrance of their raw materials. Their preference is for minimal intervention, most often favoring native fermentations, employing stainless or neutral barrels, minimal racking and fining, and avoiding filtration altogether when possible. But most critically, their aim is to make delicious wines that give pleasure, revitalize, and revive.
This is a fresh, lively and refreshing red. The vines are old, and offer deep complexity on a lighter frame. It conveys floral aromas of rose petals, hibiscus, mixed with cranberry and a subtle earthiness. The palate palate is full of crisp red currant, tangy strawberry, and a stunning rocky mineral character which lingers refreshingly on the finish.
Serve slightly chilled. Enjoy with charcuterie, BBQ pork and veg.