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.
Fresh and broad aromas of strawberry and red currant meet with peppercorns and crushed oregano on the nose of this old-vine Zinfandel from southern Santa Clara County. It's a lighter style on the palate, with bright red plums, a good helping of herb flavors and a subtle earthy undertone that adds another dimension to the wine. The finish is fruit-laden and moreish.
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