2019 Birichino Cinsault Pétillant Naturel Bechthold Vineyard Mokelumne River Lodi

Very old-vine Cinsault earns a bit of sparkle
2019 Birichino Cinsault Pétillant Naturel Bechthold Vineyard Mokelumne River Lodi

The Bechthold Vineyard was planted in 1886 and is organically dry farmed. Birichino claims it is the oldest Cinsault anywhere. The fruit was vinified and, once dry, a small amount of fermenting Cinsault was added and the wine was bottled and sealed with crown cap to gain its sparkle. The result is a saturated peach-melba color and a little cloudy, with a sediment the color of saffron. The fragrance is leesy, almost beer-like, with a sense of tarragon and savory (the herb). But the fruit pops on the palate: yellow peaches, macerated strawberries, something like mango. The wine is ever so slightly effervescent, more a tickle than a fizz. Delicious.

2019 Birichino Cinsault Pétillant Naturel Bechthold Vineyard Mokelumne River Lodi

13% abv | $26

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