Birichino Cinsault 2016. Cinsault is a grape that is drought resistant and can withstand heat. This light skinned grape variety is ideal for perfumed rosé and light, fruity reds meant to be consumed young. Grown throughout southern France, it is no wonder why this grape does so well in Lodi's dry, hot, Mediterranean climate. Now we get to the fun part about this wine. The Vines were planted in 1886, making them 132 years old! When Vines are planted, it takes 3-4 years before fruit worthy of making wine is produced. As the Vines get older, the grapes grow smaller, which means one of two things. 1. Because of the size, the grapes have less water, allowing for more rich, concentrated juice to be fermented into wine, usually leading to a more complex wine in the cellar. 2. There is less juice to make wine, usually driving the price of the bottle up. This is a rare instance of drinking wine from some of the oldest Cinsault Vines on the planet, and only spending $20 a bottle. This wine reminds me of a good Cru Beaujolais. Aromas of cherry, with perfumed floral notes, along with wet pavement. The palate is rich and concentrated with soft cherry, wild strawberry, dried cranberry, and great soil minerality. Drink this through 2022. @fredwojtkielewicz
, you knocked it out of the park with this one. I'll be back for more. Best $20 I've spent in awhile.