Wine Enthusiast 93Review Score 92
Santa Cruz

2018 Birichino Lilo Pinot Noir 1500ml

“Dried strawberry, light sage, scorched orange, anise and rusty earth aromas show on the nose of this single vineyard expression. The palate’s dark, earthy fruit flavors are lifted by herbal edges of bay leaf and sage oil.” 93 points, Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast Read more
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93 POINTS
Matt Kettmann - Wine Enthusiast

“Dried strawberry, light sage, scorched orange, anise and rusty earth aromas show on the nose of this single vineyard expression. The palate’s dark, earthy fruit flavors are lifted by herbal edges of bay leaf and sage oil.” 93 points, Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

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92 POINTS
Josh Raynolds - Vinous

“Limpid red. Spice-accented red fruit and floral qualities on the perfumed nose, along with hints of botanical herbs and smoky minerals. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering gently sweet strawberry and cherry flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of blood orange. Finishes long and silky, with well-judged tannins framing lingering red fruit notes.” 92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous

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Tasting Notes

Santa Cruz. On a south-facing slope perched at 300m elevation in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Lilo Vineyard opens to an unobstructed view to the South over Monterey Bay. Planted a dozen years ago on a complex mix of schist, shale and sandstone soils, the steep slope and yields can be stunningly low. Just above the fog line, this is viticulture on the edge: a marginal site fully exposed to late frosts at bud break and spring rains that can affect flowering, along with every other torment the weather coming off the Pacific can bring.

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