Birichino zinfandel

Zinfandel, St. Georges 2014

Birichino

Where 2013 was a ridiculously easy vintage, with very even ripening and nary a whisper of bunch rot, 2014 required severe triage in the vineyard, leaving more than half the fruit behind. What we picked was very good, and as with the 2013, our winemaking was quite simple. We destemmed, and elevage was entirely in neutral barrels for a relatively short 9 months. Extremely clean, vivid and a touch riper, we find the higher toned, little red fruits and freshness we adore, with deeper, darker black fruit and spice supported by the additional tannic grip and length provided by mourvèdre, making its début as part of the St Georges Zin. We racked once, bottling unfiltered in summer.

Country:
USA
Region:
Central Coast
Vintage:
2014
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
83% Zinfandel, 17% Mourvèdre
Size:
750 mL

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Aging:
Neutral oak barrels (9 months)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Sustainable
Alcohol percentage:
14

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