Birichino Saint Georges Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel
Zinfandel, often called America’s own classic variety, is intriguing for a few reasons: the fruity, gutsy wines it produces, the fact that Zinfandel remains almost exclusively an American wine, and also because it’s a little mysterious. Throw in some genius veteran winemakers, and enter the magic.
Birichino, pronounced "biri-kino" (“naughty” in Italian) was established by Alex Krause and John Locke, two Bonny Doon veterans, in 2008. Emphasizing old vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, Krause and Locke craft their wines with a light hand. The Zin grapes come from a vineyard planted in 1922. Bright nose of red fruits and orange citrus with green tea and white pepper. Tastes of raspberries on the vine, dark strawberry, dried ginger, and violets. This is just super pretty, and great at the dinner table.