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Birdhorse Verdelho, Contra Costa County, CA 2021

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Birdhorse 2021 Verdelho, Contra Costa County, CA

Winemakers: Corrine Rich, Katie Rouse

Farming: Organic Certified

Varieties: Verdelho

Terroir: Knightsen in Contra Costa County, just 2 miles from the San Joaquin Delta. Warm days help bring out the golden, aromatic tones of this variety but cool winds from the Delta help diminish nighttime temperatures and preserve its brilliant acidity. Planted in 2002, the Evina Vineyard sits on Sorrento silty clay loam soils, farmed organically by grower Tom Morgan.

Vinification: After whole-cluster pressing, the juice was put to stainless steel tank where the juice was pumped over and hyper-oxygenated for 4 days until spontaneous fermentation began. The juice was then transferred to two neutral 500L puncheons and two stainless steel drums where it fermented and aged until racking.

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.