2018 Birichino Zinfandel Saint Georges Old Vines

Year: 2018
Appellation: Central Coast
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 86
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Straightforward and juicy, with spiced herb and cherry flavors. Drink now. 848 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"Vivid ruby-red. Lively cherry and boysenberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of cola and candied flowers. Allspice and licorice notes emerge with air and carry onto the palate, which features gently sweet red/blue fruit flavors that show fine definition and spicy lift. Displays strong, fruity thrust on the gently tannic finish, which echoes the spicy note." (VM)

"This bottling, mostly from 1922-planted vines, is a uniquely intellectual spin on Zinfandel, proving unlike most other takes on the grape and somewhat simple, yet constantly calling out for attention. Aromas of red plum, cranberry and light herbs lead into light strawberry, dried meat and more herb tones, as well as a hint of blood. These elements all grow more ethereal with time. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
"We extolled the virtues of the relatively cool vintage 2018 for producing elegant, streamlined, highly aromatic and complex wines. Those qualities emerge more strongly in Saint Georges Zinfandel than any Birichino confrère. The advertised abv of 13.0% recalls old vine zinfandels from a bygone era. The truth always comes out when evaluating the merits of a given site over a period of vintages of varying character. 2017 and 2018 were polar opposites with regard to vintage conditions, though the vineyard, planted in 1922 up against the lee side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, produced equally compelling, if completely different wines in these vintages.

Here, the acidity is mouthwatering, yet the telltale stone fruit spectrum of flavors announce that to deprive oneself of chicken tagine with apricots or couscous with nectarines and toasted almonds - as one’s dietary inclinations inform - is to ignore the furtive hope that the summer will bring with it an overflowing bowl of cherries, literally and/or figuratively. Farmed continuously from father to son by the Besson family for the past ninety-five years. From a cool spot up against the Santa Cruz Mountains. Native ferment, neutral barrel, unfiltered.