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.
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.
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