2014 GRENACHE, Besson Vineyard, Birichino. Central Coast, California
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: Besson Vineyard is an un-irrigated plot just below the Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco
Grape Variety: 100% Grenache, fermented naturally and aged for a few months in old oak barrels, before bottling without fining or filtration
Producer: Birichino is a spin-off from the Bonny Doon vineyard, both partners Alex Krause and John Locke having worked with the famous Randall Grahm. Their aim is to make fresh, modern style California wine, a world away from the sweet and oaky identikits that have long dominated the marked. Birichino means naughty, or mischievous!
Cellar Potential: Drink within 6 years of vintage
Food Match: We can't do better than the winemakers' suggestions: "Savor over a smokin’ hot girll with spring lamb with rosemary, elk [or any other large horned animal], or seared tuna steaks."
Old Bridge Rating: That rare thing, a wine of purity but also power. It's initially light, but finishes strong. Lovely raspberry fruit but also briary tannins and plenty of 'attitude'. Not a 'commercial' style but a really interesting one
Press Reviews: "Now this is a superb wine. Before opening it, I admit I was expecting something very sweet and ripe, in the new world mould. But what I got was something thrilling, elegant and amazingly drinkable. The palate is fresh, cherryish and a bit sappy, with sweet (but not too sweet) fruit, elegant texture and some savoury structural notes. Fresh but not at all angular, and brilliantly drinkable." - www.wineanorak.com
£29.00 per bottle
£27.55 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£26.10 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles