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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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"This proprietary blend combines 63% Pinot Grigio from Carneros, 22% Traminer from Carneros and a small percentage of Moscato Giallo from Lodi. Together they harmonize in a light, crisp and floral bouquet of apricot, ginger and lemon, never becoming overly fussy and instead focusing entirely on refined refreshment." — Virginie Boone

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 Editors’ Choice 

"This bone-dry and floral wine will taste great with simple appetizers like toasted nuts or fresh cheeses. It is very well concentrated and has medium to full body. An opulent texture helps carry the floral, appley, grapefruity flavors into the finish." — Jim Gordon

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 Editors’ Choice 

"This fascinating, sweet but light wine wraps lemongrass and thyme flavors around lemon and peach for interesting layers of complexity. The sweetness helps to round the texture and carries everything into a long finish." — Jim Gordon

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 Editors’ Choice 

"Concentrated fruit flavors, full body and a smooth, broad mouthfeel make this wine soothing and satisfying to drink. Made from vines growing on their own roots, the wine delivers a ripe berry and cherry character that floods the palate and lingers nicely on the finish." — Jim Gordon

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