Birichino grenache

Grenache, Besson Vineyard 2018

Birichino

George and Martha Besson’s old Grenache vineyard near Gilroy is one of the two or three best sites with which we work. It could be nothing but Grenache, yet tastes like no other Grenache. This vintage is quite reminiscent of the 2014, one of our favorite vintages, at the same stage of development. Continuing our practice begun in 2012, a small percentage of the grapes are “rested” post-harvest in small picking boxes for roughly 10 days prior to destemming and recombination. That fraction, lovingly called the skonkwerks, undergoes a 6-week fermentation/maceration on it skins. The skonkwerks fraction becomes significantly more tannic and botanical than the main lot, and is the source for the very small Hommage bottling one or two of you may have encountered. It is here the Ninja tannins are born, the alpine/aromatized quality amplified, and the essential marker of the great Besson Vineyard crystalized.

Country:
USA
Region:
Central Coast
Vineyard designation:
Besson Vineyard
Vintage:
2018
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
100% Grenache Noir
Size:
750 mL

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Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
13.5
Closure:
Cork

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