Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2010

Primitivo…it may sound a bit exotic to some but it is actually the same grape as Zinfandel.  Li Veli Orion Primitivo hails from Salento, which is part of the Apulia region of Italy.  100% Primitivo and a textbook example of how enjoyable Primitivo can be without being a burden to your budget.


Tasting Notes

This Primitivo has an intense nose that features aromas of dark berries, cherries, vanilla, and spice.  The wine has bright flavors of anise and cherries with a noticeable amount of lifting acidity.  Full-bodied, smooth, and pleasing to the palate! (14% alcohol, $12)

My Wine Rating – B+

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with a pizza topped with sausage, burgers, or eggplant parmesan.

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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

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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