2012 Uvaggio Primitivo 'acciaio'

92% Primitivo
8% Barbera
92% Bella Vigna Vineyard
8% Leventini Vineyard
100% Lodi appellation

We experimented in this vintage with a modest amount of non-barrel aged Primitivo (in Italian acciaio refers to a wine tank) to bottle this serious and expressive, easy to enjoy quaffer.

After a cold maceration the must was inoculated with a fruit enhancing yeast strain.  Following fermentation, pressing and malo lactic conversion, we kept some of the wine on its light lees, while retaining as much of the naturally derived CO2 as possible.

Bottled in Aug, 2013; 14.3% alcohol, pH 3.66 & TA 5.9 g/l

Supple and vibrant; with aromas and flavors of ripe woodland strawberry and tart cherry, along with a briary and slightly herbal aspect; it possess a fresh and vibrant attack, followed by a palate renewing, clean finish.

Uvaggio Primitivo 'acciaio' Press

"Shyly aromatic at first, this beautiful Primitivo blended with 8% Barbera offers smooth layers of raspberry and just-ripe cherry, a seasoning of kitchen herbs and spice sprinkled in between. Not aged in barrels, it's all about the fruit and spice and the interplay in between, with no oak to interfere." — Virginie Boone


Link »

"Up until very recently, if you'd asked me to nominate my least favourite wine region, the one that I could rely on to provide the most disappointing bottles at the most unattractive prices, the answer would have been California....

... Zinfandel can be head-bangingly big and alcoholic, but in the hands of Jim Moore this red has more in common with the sweet-sour cherry and plum juiciness of southern Italy, where the variety is known as primitivo" — David Williams

Download [57.7 kb] Link »