2013 Uvaggio Vermentino, Lodi, California

2013 Uvaggio Vermentino, Lodi, California

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2013 Uvaggio Vermentino, Lodi, California

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Winemaker Jim Moore has crafted this Vermentino in the style of a Corsican, rather than an Italian, expression of the varietal. As such, the focus is on texture, with a rich seam of ripe lemon and lime fruit running through the core. This moves into a warmer, green melon richness, complemented by a twist of bitter almond and a hint of verbena. A tiny lick of white pepper completes the finish. Exclusive to Berry Bros. & Rudd, this is a very interesting wine and one that would be ideal with food.

Uvaggio (‘blend’ in Italian) was set up in 1997 by Jim Moore (ex-Robert Mondavi/Bonny Doon winemaker) and barrel maker Mel Knox. Jim’s thoughtful and modest approach is evident in his winemaking. He focuses on Italian grape varieties in California, creating interesting, authentic, food-friendly wines without the typical Californian price tag.
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Uvaggio

Uvaggio

Uvaggio was set up in 1997 by winemaker Jim Moore and barrel maker Mel Knox. Jim had worked at Clos du Val, Schramsberger and Stag’s Leap among others before a 20+ year stint at Robert Mondavi. After leaving Mondavi, he also undertook a number of other consultancy/winemaking projects before becoming Director of Winemaking at Boony Doon Vineyard/Ca' del Solo in Santa Cruz in 2003. He then decided to concentrate his attention full-time on his Uvaggio project and has been devoted to this ever since.

The aim of Uvaggio (‘Uvaggio meands ‘blend’ in Italian) is to focus on Italian grape varieties in California, to create authentic, interesting, food-friendly wines without the typical Californian price tag. His theory is simple: if California has a climate perfect for growing Mediterranean varietals, why not take advantage of it?

Jim’s thoughtful, philosophical and modest approach is evident in his style of winemaking. He deliberately veers away from making ‘over the top’ Californian wines; his white wines rarely exceed 12.5% alcohol with the reds generally going no higher than 14.5%. He also firmly believes that a wine’s primary role is to accompany food. As such, the wines have a distinctive ‘Old World’ feel about them whilst also embracing the riper fruit that California offers.

The range includes a Moscato Giallo, a Vermentino, a Barbera, a Primitivo and a Grenache, all made in the Lodi. We are delighted to introduce these brilliant new additions to Berry Bros. & Rudd. They are affordable wines which are fun and fruit-driven but with a deeper, more thought-provoking edge that invites you back for more. In short, they incredibly good to drink and are among the best wines I have tried at this price point from California.
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Vermentino/Pigato

Vermentino/Pigato

Vermentino is a white wine grape, also known as Rolle (in Rousillion and Provence) & Malvoisie in Corsica . It migrated from the Iberian Peninsula in the late 1300s (Madeira?) into Corsica, Sardinia, Liguria and Tuscany during the 15th century.
Traditionally believed to be related to Malvasia, recent DNA studies have instead revealed traits in common with the Hungarian Furmint.

Vermentino di Gallura DOCG is one of the most famous incarnation - The grape has recently become fashionable in parts of central Italy. Often blended for its structure, on its own the grape displays aromatic ripe peach and honeyed notes and a full body.

Tenuta di Valgiano incorporate a significant slug of this grape into their 'Giallo dei Muri' Tuscan wine

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Jancis15.5/20
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Jancis15.5/20
Cool fermentation in tank and no malolactic fermentation. Apple hard candy with salt (ie Jolly rancher), and melon rind with saline and quartz finish. Full mid palate of flavour with a crisp, lightly drying finish. Persistent acidity.
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Don't let the name or indeed the grape fool you: this is California does Italy, the wine from Lodi producer l'Uvaggio di Giacomo, who are obsessed with Italian varieties and also bottle Primitivo, Barbera and Moscato. There's a touch of waxiness on the nose - maybe like waxy lime peel - with a pleasing leafy green herby note and plenty of freshness. In the mouth it bursts with ripe and vivacious flavour, a touch of pepper and spice and plenty of crunch as well as hints of sweet smoky mango and lychee. Long, with a really fresh grapefruit and orange tang of acidity and only 12.5% alcohol, this really is a delight.
Recommended by Tom Cannavan (wine-pages.com, Nov 2015)
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