These head-trained vines, planted in pure, deep sand, needn’t default to the conventional template of rusticity: tannic and often forbiddingly concentrated by the bayonet of saignée. Indeed, they’re ideal for a wine altogether different - elegant, darkly aromatic, supremely persistent, buoyant and soignée. Lest anyone infer the wine lacks grip or tension, rest assured they shall be greeted by the trademark Birichino “ninja tannins,” sitting coiled beneath the wine’s surface, ready to strike, only to vanish leaving behind but a shadow. Beginning in 2019, they have sourced old vine Mourvèdre from a new, but very old vineyard planted c.1895, immediately adjacent to Evangelho Vineyard. This dry-farmed site produces a darker, more exotically pungent wine than that relied upon for previous vintages, suggesting black fruits, hothouse flowers and the subtle yet undeniable fragrance of marzipan found in many of Contra Costa’s best bottles.
|Miniumu Order:||12 bottles
|Region:||Central Coast, CA|
|Varietal(s):||Carginane, Grenache and more
95 POINTS, JAMES SUCKLING
A fantastic red with ginger, dried strawberry, wet earth and fresh leather aromas and flavors. Full body, silky tannins and a fantastic finish. Superb. Best Barda ever. Drink now.
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