Region: Tecate < Baja California < Mexico
Grapes: Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Nebbiolo + Petit Verdot
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: organic farming, dry-farmed, 100 year-old vines, sandy, granitic soil, 2400 foot elevation, fermented in 450L concrete ‘tinajas’ (amphora), then ½ aged in stainless steel and ½ in old barrel, no added SO2; 378 cases; 12.5% ABV
Winemaker: Jair Téllez and Luis-Antoine Luyt
Another field blend of whatever grows in this vineyard near Tecate – some random French and Italian varietals in this case. But with Bichi’s light-handed, old-school treatment (amphora and used barrels, nothing but minimal SO2 added at bottling) the wine manages to be bright, lifted and perfectly balanced – and still only 12.5% ABV.