"Besson Vineyard-Old Vines" Central Coast
Vineyard in in Hecker Pass, west of Gilroy. 105 year old, dry farmed Grenache vines. Very Grenache: wild dark strawberry, lots of peppery spice, garrigue, hard cherry candies (sans sugar). Medium body, light tannins, med/low acidity, modest alcohol. Reminds us of Spanish Garnacha.
"About the name- Birichino- biri-KEE-no. Means naughty in Italian. And who doesn't consider themselves just a little bit naughty, after all?"
From September 10, 2015 Newsletter:
A new discovery for Back Room Wines, Birichino (means "naughty" in Italian) is owned, made and run by two gentlemen with winemaking experience in France, Italy and California. In 2008 their dream was realized and they made their first Birichino wines.Their focus: make wines from very old, organic, dry-farmed vines. Then make the wines with minimal intervention (i.e. don't screw up the great fruit).
"Besson Vineyard" is in Hecker Pass, a lesser-known spot in California between the towns Watsonville and Gilroy. If the vineyard was a little higher elevation, it'd be in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.
The vines, each the size of a man's torso, produce a scant 2-2.5 tons/acre.
Regarding the winemaking, a small % of the grapes are dried after harvest and added to the ferment (a la Valpolicella), native yeast ferment, aged in neutral barrels, unfined/unfiltered.
Very Grenache-y, if you know what I mean: wild dark strawberry, lots of peppery spice, garrigue, hard cherry candies (sans sugar). Medium body, light tannins, medium/low acidity, modest alcohol. Makes me think of some of the best old-vine, high plains Spanish Garnachas I've had. Interestingly, this California wine competes dollar for dollar for some of those Spanish jewels. Could also compare it favorably to a bigger-flavored Pinot Noir.
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