Birichino Wines

Owner(s) Alex Krause, John Locke
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Birichino Wines

Founded in Santa Cruz in 2008, owners and winemakers Alex Krause and John Locke draw on a combined 35 years of making and selling wine in California and Europe. The name, pronounced "biri-kino," is Italian meaning naughty or mischievous.

Their first Pinot Noir is a 2011 Saint Georges Pinot Noir from the Central Coast sourced from the southern Santa Cruz Mountains (under $20). Their flagship wines are Malvasia and Grenache.

Reviewed Wines

2011 Birichino Saint Georges Central Coast Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $18.99, screwcap. Pronounced “biri-kino,” and meaning naughty or mischievous in Italian. This winery was founded in 2008 by Bonny Doon alumni Alex Krause and John Locke. Ambient yeast, a dollop of whole cluster, elevage in neutral barrels and unfiltered. Sourced from a vineyard just below the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains. · Medium reddish-purple robe in the glass. The nose is rich with aromas of well-spiced berries and cherries. Elegant, but flavorful, offering a mix of fruits including dark cherries, purple grapes, and raspberries. Supple tannins and a dry, but shallow finish. Nicely crafted and easy to like, but lacks the complexity that oak brings to the mix. Still, I would gladly drink this any day with dinner. Good (+). Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »