Birdhorse 2020 Verdelho, Borden Ranch, Lodi, CA - DECANTsf

Birdhorse 2020 Verdelho, Borden Ranch, Lodi, CA

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Birdhorse 2020 Verdelho, Borden Ranch, Lodi, CA

Winemakers: Corrine Rich, Katie Rouse

Farming: Organic Certified

Varieties: Verdelho

Terroir: Borden Ranch appellation of Lodi, CA. It is farmed by Markus Bokisch, a passionate advocate and farmer of Iberian varieties in CA. Gravelly, Redding clay-loam soils and hot summer heat give rise to dense flavors in these 25 year-old vines. The Vista Luna Vineyard is CCOF certified vineyard, and this wine is a reflection of the intensity of the climate from which it hails.

Vinification: Fermented in neutral French oak vessels of various sizes

Tasting Notes: Aromas of bright citrus like pomelo and makrut lime compliment a backbone of wet stones and chalk dust, with a touch of green pineapple. It's bright, natural acidity lifts up a juicy and unctuous palate, with a touch of honeyed tropical fruit that gives it a unique glow.

Birdhorse founders Corinne Rich and Katie Rouse met at UC Davis while pursuing a M.S. in Viticulture & Enology. They fell deeper in love with wine, and found a life partnership in one another, too.

Birdhorse became a concrete idea while they were working a harvest season abroad in South Africa. For Rich and Rouse, Birdhorse represents the hope that “new perspectives can succeed” in California winemaking. They want to both champion representation of obscure and delicious grape varieties, as well as being an example of diversity in the wine world so that young people who are queer, of color, or other diverse identities know that there is a seat for them at the table.

Verdelho is a grape native to the Portuguese island of Madeira, and is one of the four main types of Madeira wine made there. Birdhorse sources these Verdelho grapes from Contra Costa County, where the sunny climate and sandy soil brings forth a golden profile: flavors of pineapple, passion fruit, and roasted pears, plus texture, texture, texture.  

This is a wine to share with friends- Rich and Rouse call this their “favorite taco wine”, so pop it open, give it a swirl,  and don’t forget the cilantro.  

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