We are delighted to release into the world our debut vintage of Scylla. Sourced largely from acres of old vines hidden in plain sight along the backroads of Lodi --a short walk from Bechthold-- two old Carignane vineyards planted circa 1920 comprise the backbone of this wine, supplemented by our traditional sources of centenary Grenache and Mourvedre, bringing the average vine age to 99 years. Allusions to rocks and hard places notwithstanding, Scylla wraps its silky yet toothsome, urbane yet rustic charms around its chosen fare without drawing it into the abyss. Prismatically perfumed, yet gently firm, it lifts us up, and invites another glass. Like the carignane at its core, with its beastly reputation for high acidity, high tannin, and high yield like some six-headed, man-eating, 300-foot long red sea serpent, when mellowed and moderated after ninety years, its underlying Birichino nature is revealed in a bright, pulsing whirlpool of refreshment and red fruits.
As with all our red wines, fermentation was native with some quantity of stems; aging was in neutral barrel; and bottling was done without fining or filtration. All Scylla, no fylla.
62% Carignane, 33% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre
90-Wine & Spirits
A blend of about two-thirds carignane and one-third grenache, with a dollop of mourvedre, this wine is brisk and lifted, with crunchy pine scents, and flavors moving toward spiced red cherry. It’s youthful and lower in alcohol (13 percent) than a lot of domestic Rhône blends, the fruit bright and lifted, the tannins bearing a fine edge for short ribs.