How California got cool

Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine Blog
Author: Sophie Thorpe

2013 Uvaggio Antichi Viti Grenache, Santa Clara Valley (£18.95): Uvaggio produces some of the best-value Californian wines around. It was founded by Jim Moore (ex Mondavi) and Mel Knox (California’s best-known barrel broker) in 1997, with the idea of championing Mediterranean varietals grown in the sun-drenched climate. They produce food-friendly, fruit-driven styles of Vermentino, Barbera, Primitivo, Moscato and Grenache. The fruit for this comes from the Besson vineyard, a gnarly 100-year-old plot in the Santa Clara Valley, with a splash (5 percent) of Cinsault from Bechtold vineyard in Lodi (both of which are used by Birichino for their wines). The resulting liquid is dense with juicy fruit – Morello cherry and strawberry, perfumed and moreish with a subtle hint of sweet-spice.. ....

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