My sister brought over Uvaggio Primitivo 2011 the other night to accompany dinner of smoked gouda filled quinoa cakes, grilled faux sausage and fresh farmers market greens. She had enjoyed a tasting of Uvaggio wines the previous weekend and picked up a few bottles to share. L’Uvaggio Di Giacomo [The blends of James] was founded in 1998 by Jim Moore, who at the time was the assistant winemaker at Robert Mondavi. His philosophy is that “wine’s primary role is to accompany food, which results in three important attributes – their accessibility, harmony and value.” Moore crafts wines in California using grape varieties indigenous to Italy. His theory is to create wines that are different from the normal California style, basically to take the best of both Italy and California and produce contemporary, inexpensive wines that are fun, expressive and have a classic style.
Dark garnet in colour, aromas of raisin and cinnamon swirled about in the glass. Red currant and dried cherry flavours were joined by hints of dried herbs and toasted oak in the medium body. Spicy black pepper, sweet vanilla and traces of cigar box spice rounded out the velvety finish. Rustic and easy drinking, this is a fantastic glass with pizza and all sorts of pasta dishes.
Primitivo [Zinfandel] [I could not verify varietal percentage.]
Bottled by L’Uvaggio Di Giacomo, Napa
$12 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015