Birichino grenache

Grenache 2014

Birichino

With its possibility of nuanced expression of site, and for being made in a myriad of styles, grenache is often called the pinot noir of the south, and our winemaking follows suit with minimal punchdowns, shorter macerations, and whole cluster fermentation with native yeast. Uniquely for this wine, we “rest” a small lot of grenache for 8 days in picking boxes placed before fans in a sort of shortened apassimento, which allows the stems to dry, and when subsequently fermented, contributes an entirely different set of complex brambly wild raspberry, bitter cherry, dried herbs and winter spice aromatics to its vibrant red alpine fruit. After a year in old French barrels and demi-muids, we bottle unfiltered. Highly aromatic --and ideally suited to a Burgundy glass-- the finish brings fine, yet persistent, ninja tannins that creep up, quietly, from behind.

Country:
USA
Region:
Central Coast
Vineyard designation:
Besson Vineyard
Vintage:
2014
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
100% Grenache
Size:
750 mL

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Aging:
Old French barrels & demi-muis (12 months)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Sustainable
Alcohol percentage:
13

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