Bichi, No Sapiens (2017)
No Sapienscomes from a single, dry-farmed, 69-year-old vineyard comprised ofa mysterious grape variety that remains unidentified.The farmer says it could be Dolcetto, Luyt thinks maybe Cariñena due to it's sharpacidity,no one is quite sure and perhaps it doesn't really matter as this wine shows it's place beautifully.Thehead-pruned, own-rooted vines areplanted close to the Pacific Oceanat 1,066 ft above sea level on sandy loam and granite soils in the area of San Antonio de las Minas in Ensenada, Baja California. The grapes were harvested by hand towards the end of August, de-stemmed, and then fermented in concretetinajas.The wine was raised for 3 months in equal parts steel vat and older oak and bottled without fining or filtration and only 10 ppm’s of added SO2. This is the most linear of the Bichi wines, with crunchy dark fruit, ample vibrancy and structure. A wine that will get better with time in the bottle. Decant before serving. 666 cases produced.
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