Cinsault and Pinot Noir from California
We recently went through a few bottles of the 2014 Birichino, Cinsault Old Vines, Brechthold Vineyards, Mokelumne River, Lodi. Last tasted nearly a year ago I think it is time to start drinking up any of your remaining stocks. From Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman the 2014 Lompoc Wine Co, Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills manages to be a lighter wine with lower alcohol and avoid any unripe, yeasty character. I rather enjoyed the flavor and the price. My only gripe is the short finish. Worth trying though. The Birichino is from Weygant Wines and the Lompoc from MacArthur Beverages.
2014 Birichino, Cinsault Old Vines, Brechthold Vineyards, Mokelumne River, Lodi – $24
This wine is 100% Cinsault sourced from vines planted in 1886. Alcohol 13%. After one hour of air there are aromas of powdery, light red strawberry. There are similar flavors in the mouth of candied, cherry, strawberry in this smooth yet very finely textured wine. This bright red fruited wine is quite nice and while lighter towards the finish the fruit leaves an impression of weight. It could use just a touch more acidity. **(*) Now – 2017.
2014 Lompoc Wine Co, Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills – $18
Alcohol 12.5%. There is a light nose of cinnamon and early harvest fruit. In the mouth the wine is a touch puckering but does have powdery ripeness and ethereal strawberry flavor. The wine expands quickly with a sense of weight but stops a bit short in the finish. The bright entry makes way to a mineral like hint and even some grip. **(*) Now.