A California Wine Made With An Italian State of Mind

I am a huge fan of California wines.  They are the first wines I fell in love with and I find new bottles I continue to enjoy on a monthly, if not weekly, basis.  One thing I do appreciate about many Mediterranean wines is that they tend to have a little less alcohol than California wines and this shows off the elegance and true flavors of the wine (not that I don’t appreciate a big CA Cabernet, but it’s not the bottle I always want to drink).  The principle of balanced, elegant wines is what Uvaggio, a winery with vineyards in Lodi, tries to adhere to.  I had to a chance to try their Primitivo and was excited to taste a California wine made with an Italian state of mind.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Uvaggio 2009 Primitivo is 97.5% Primitivo and 2.5% Barbera from Lodi.  It has 13% alcohol and retails for $16.  For more information see www.Uvaggio.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Uvaggio Primitivo has a bright nose with aromas of raspberry, cherry, and vanilla.  The wine is smooth with tastes of cherry, pomegranate, vanilla, and toffee surrounded by hints of oak.  The wine finishes with a little spice and a nice dose of acidity to lift the finish followed by lingering notes of vanilla and toffee.  I think this wine has tons of potential but the vanilla and toffee flavors overpowered the palate for me.  I would love to try some of their other varietals because I feel like there is a lot that Uvaggio has to offer.  If you have tried any wines from Uvaggio I would love to hear your thoughts.

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- this wine pairs well with a grilled cheese pizza, juicy burger, or a baked penne pasta with sausage and ricotta

*This wine was sent to me as a media sample

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