Birichino Saint Georges Pinot Noir 2019
The 2019 St Georges derives primarily from the elegant, floral, very small-berried pinot from three decades-old blocks farmed by George Besson off the eastern flank of Santa Cruz Mountains. This small corner of the Santa Clara Valley manifests in the red wines produced there by the scent of botanical extracts, mountain herbs, and cherry liqueur. To its register of expansive red floral notes we add the muscular, brooding, deeply-flavored old selections of pinot from a vineyard planted 1800' up in the Chalone AVA, and just over the Gabilan Mountains at an old limestone and active granite quarry in the remote Lime Kiln Valley. These sites together bring exceptionally textured depth and lifted aromatics to this dynamic Central Coast bottling.