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Birichino Malvasia Bianca Skin-Contact Petulant Naturel 2021

Sparkling Wine from California, United States
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From the producer: This Malvasia Bianca was planted high on the western side of the Salinas Valley in the 1980s. Thirty-three days of skin contact and further bottle conditioning has transformed an already exotically perfumed grape into something approaching kaleidoscopic. Retaining the lees in the bottle combines richness, salinity and persistence with savory aromas of satsuma and citron, and snappy floral flashes of frangipani and rosehips.

Located on the southern edge of California wine country, Birichino Winery was founded in 2008 by Alex Krause and John Locke, two Bonny Doon alumni. Their name, Birichino (Biri-keeno), literally meaning “naughty” or “mischievous” in Italian, is a riff on the old locksmith trick of adding AAA to the beginning of their names to jump to the beginning of the phone book. Their focus is making harmonious wines, sourcing fruit from old Santa Cruz vineyards to produce food-friendly wines higher in acid and lower in alcohol.

The winemakers put emphasis on the grape varieties they feel most naturally appeal to the senses, Krause and Locke create effortlessly pleasurable wines that focus on balance over power. Approachable in both style and price, these wines are comfortable on any dinner table or picnic blanket.


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  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Minerally

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  • Body

    Full Bodied

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