Birchino ‘Scylla’ Old Vine Red Blend 2019

£23.50

Birichino is not a brand-new winery, having been around for a decade now, but its popularity is gaining strength as people look toward older California vineyards for their vibrancy and concentration of fruit. 

On the nose there are aromas of raspberry, cranberry, ploughed fields and garrigue herbs. The palate has a crunchy, slightly smoky element, loaded with baked raspberry flavours and an underlying earthy note.

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Birichino ‘Scylla’ Old Vine Red Blend 2019

Country: USA

Region: Santa Cruz

Grape: Grenache/Carignan/Mourvèdre

Volume: 75cl

ABV: 13%

Vintage: 2019

Suitable for Vegans: Yes

Food pairing: Grilled red meat over charcoal, big flavours – shin of beef  

Birichino is not a brand-new winery, having been around for a decade now, but its popularity is gaining strength as people look toward older California vineyards for their vibrancy and concentration of fruit. 

Founders Alex Krause and John Locke source their fruit from family-owned vineyards planted in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The unique environment in which the vines are planted has allowed for phylloxera resistance and therefore they have been able to survive, own-rooted. 

Because they have such amazing material to work with, these guys aim for minimal intervention in the winery, favouring native fermentations, neutral oak and little filtration. 

The 2019 Scylla is their third vintage of this Carignan-Grenache-Mourvèdre blend sourced from the Mokelumne River section of Lodi, Grenache from the Besson vineyard, and Mourvedre from the Enz family in the Central Coast.

This earthy, slightly funky blend of 78% Carignan, 15% Grenache and 7% Mourvèdre opens with aromas of cranberry, turned earth and dusty herbs. The palate’s crunchy, tarry tension is loaded with blistered raspberry flavours and an underlying earthy funk.

The carignan fruit is sourced from Matt and John Shinn in the Mokelumne River section of Lodi, Grenache from the Bessons, and Mourvedre from the Enz family.  Together these parcels produce a wine of focused, high-toned, bright red fruit with an undercurrent of something more savory, wild, and dark.  The wine is matured in neutral barrels before bottling without filtration.

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