Santa Cruz Winery Birichino buys these grapes from 100+ year old vineyard in the deep sandy soils of Contra Costa County. Dark plum, smoky blueberry, cigar wrapper and red curry paste smells and flavors generously flow from the glass in this medium bodied, nicely balanced wine that to me is half fruity, half savory in style. Known to often make “funky” wine, this Mourvedre is not that. Musk melon, dried violets and tobacco sensations make it unique and true to the grape, but these flavors go hand in hand with the fruit. Delicious now-drink anytime. Excellent with slow-cooked pork shoulder, or a grilled pork chop!
Birichino is co-owned and co-made by Alex Krause and John Locke. Their vineyard sources are tucked away in some of California’s lesser-known, great areas that all have a storied history of winegrowing. Alex and John are into minimal intervention as long as it doesn’t compromise the health and deliciousness of the wine. Also, ALL of their wines are ridiculously good values. They recently opened a tasting room in Downtown Santa Cruz (I visited it in February-great little place, and they both work behind the bar when it’s not harvest time). Pay them a visit (open Thursday thru Sunday currently). Check out all the Birichino Wines reviewed on DDWA here.