Birichino

Besson Vineyard Vieilles Vignes Grenache

8.946 ratings
9.015 pro ratings
Central Coast, California, USA
Grenache
Chocolate & Caramel, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Turkey, Pasta, Mushrooms, Veal, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Potato, White Rice, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Tom Casagrande

I love this wine! After 6 years the nose stills shows off beautifully pure Grenache kirschy, raspberry fruit and crushed rock, as well as some roasted green herbs. In the mouth, savory flavors are in play, replacing some of the pure fruit I noted in earlier bottles. But still some cherry/raspberry extract fruit there. So good. This is how Chateauneuf used to taste before the doubly whammy of Phillipe Cambie and global warming, if maybe a tad more delicate.

I love this wine! After 6 years the nose stills shows off beautifully pure Grenache kirschy, raspberry fruit and crushed rock, as well as some roasted green herbs. In the mouth, savory flavors are in play, replacing some of the pure fruit I noted in earlier bottles. But still some cherry/raspberry extract fruit there. So good. This is how Chateauneuf used to taste before the doubly whammy of Phillipe Cambie and global warming, if maybe a tad more delicate.

Aug 25th, 2019
Stefan Dolhain

Old vine Grenache from the Besson vineyard, ungrafted vines planted in 1910 on a rocky slope just too low to qualify for the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Brilliant transparent ruby turning slightly orange at the rim. Intriguing nose with cranberry fruit and spices galore ( thyme, rosemary, lavender). Fresh berry fruit and spices, mouth-watering acidity, minerals and a rather long, spicy finish. Very good indeed. 2013 vintage, abv. 13,5%, 21 euro.

Old vine Grenache from the Besson vineyard, ungrafted vines planted in 1910 on a rocky slope just too low to qualify for the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Brilliant transparent ruby turning slightly orange at the rim. Intriguing nose with cranberry fruit and spices galore ( thyme, rosemary, lavender). Fresh berry fruit and spices, mouth-watering acidity, minerals and a rather long, spicy finish. Very good indeed. 2013 vintage, abv. 13,5%, 21 euro.

Oct 17th, 2016
Cary Q Wines

Modern style, light and elegant. I also Love how this Grenache carries its fruit.

Modern style, light and elegant. I also Love how this Grenache carries its fruit.

Apr 14th, 2016
Jennifer Reichardt

A crowd-pleasing Grenache! Balanced fruit.

A crowd-pleasing Grenache! Balanced fruit.

Apr 9th, 2016
Kyle Doucet-Walter

Such a fun way to do Grenache.

Such a fun way to do Grenache.

Apr 6th, 2016
Evan Keaschuk

Beautiful label, beautiful wine. Tons of red fruit, a good deal of funk, and some smokey meat. A little hotter than the previous vintage, but still shows off the elegance that is expected from Birichino

Beautiful label, beautiful wine. Tons of red fruit, a good deal of funk, and some smokey meat. A little hotter than the previous vintage, but still shows off the elegance that is expected from Birichino

Feb 17th, 2016
Jennifer Reichardt

A lovely domestic Grenache. Good lively acidity

A lovely domestic Grenache. Good lively acidity

Nov 29th, 2015
Tom Casagrande

Wow! The nose alone is worth the price. Deep ripe plumminess and Christmas-spiced red berries. Warm gravelly minerals too. Young, full, and intense in the mouth. Nice acidity and significant tannins give structure. Really good length. This will settle down and be even more amazing in 1-2 years.

Wow! The nose alone is worth the price. Deep ripe plumminess and Christmas-spiced red berries. Warm gravelly minerals too. Young, full, and intense in the mouth. Nice acidity and significant tannins give structure. Really good length. This will settle down and be even more amazing in 1-2 years.

Oct 27th, 2015
Punky Mahle

This was delicious- bright and savory w/o being too hot and thin. Will drink again!!!2013 vintage

This was delicious- bright and savory w/o being too hot and thin. Will drink again!!!2013 vintage

Oct 4th, 2015
Blake Conklin

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