Birichino

Old Vines Besson Vineyard Grenache

8.8142 ratings
8.840 pro ratings
Central Coast, California, USA
Grenache
Top Notes For
Ellen Clifford

Holy hey wish I’d had this when I was writing my piece on Grenache BUT consider this a late entry. The fam puts Grenache through a more intricate than usual procedure including a drying in the dark ritual for some stems. And that hand picked attention really adds some magic. This one has the ability to stand tall and solid and remain ethereal in soul. As good Grenache should be. It contains multitudes. And (their words not mine but it’s accurate) ninja tannins. They slice you in a way you aren’t even aware of.

Holy hey wish I’d had this when I was writing my piece on Grenache BUT consider this a late entry. The fam puts Grenache through a more intricate than usual procedure including a drying in the dark ritual for some stems. And that hand picked attention really adds some magic. This one has the ability to stand tall and solid and remain ethereal in soul. As good Grenache should be. It contains multitudes. And (their words not mine but it’s accurate) ninja tannins. They slice you in a way you aren’t even aware of.

Nov 10th, 2018
Evan Keaschuk

Juice!!! Such a lovely, fresh, and fragrant wine. This is California's equivalent of Beaujolais. So lovely every year

Juice!!! Such a lovely, fresh, and fragrant wine. This is California's equivalent of Beaujolais. So lovely every year

1 person found it helpfulNov 14th, 2016
Lee Lightfoot

Old vine love, the perfect weekday wine. Beautiful light to mid weight crystalline expression. Quality year in and year out.

Old vine love, the perfect weekday wine. Beautiful light to mid weight crystalline expression. Quality year in and year out.

1 person found it helpfulMar 10th, 2016
Trevin Hoekzema

One of the best wines we've ever had and so reasonable. Fruity like a Grenache should be but looks and feels like a Pinot Noir.

One of the best wines we've ever had and so reasonable. Fruity like a Grenache should be but looks and feels like a Pinot Noir.

1 person found it helpfulAug 17th, 2014
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 Quintana

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
Rebecca Le Good

Modern style of grenache avoiding over extraction leaving soft and smooth tannins, red fruit and sweet spice. Well judged wine.

Modern style of grenache avoiding over extraction leaving soft and smooth tannins, red fruit and sweet spice. Well judged wine.

Dec 20th, 2015