2013 Uvaggio Antichi Viti

95% Grenache
Besson Vineyard in Santa Clara
5% Cinsault
Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi

These 100 year old vines (hence the name Antichi Viti) were harvested in late Oct.  After several days of cold maceration, the must was inoculated with a fruit enhancing yeast strain.

Immediately following fermentation and pressing, in early Nov the wine was filled to barrels for a malo-lactic conversion in cooperage, which was complete by mid Dec.

Early in the following year it was racked and aged for another seven months in older, neutral French oak.

Bottled in July 2014; 14.4% alcohol, pH 3.53 & TA 6.1 g/l  
Fruity and engaging; with aromas and flavors of woodland strawberry and morello cherry, along with a hint of spice; nuanced, it has a subtle, elegant and slightly stony finish.

Uvaggio Antichi Viti Press

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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