Uvaggio Primitivo
Uvaggio Wines
United States - California - Lodi

As we traverse the highways and byways of the wine world, the number-one question we encounter is “are Primitivo and Zinfandel really the same wine?” Well, yes and no. After years of genetic research, ampelographers discovered both are clones of a Croatian grape called Crljenak Kaštelanski (aka: Tribidrag). This means they’re not exactly the same (but oh so very close). It’s lively and fruity, generally offering a brighter expression than typical Zin (think fresh blueberries, not blackberry preserves). Neither Croatian or Pugliese, ours is a perfect complement with America's farm-to-table cuisine.

Decades ago we helped pioneer an 'old vine' Zin revial in the Napa AVA, plus planted Napa's first Primitivo. We have moved-on to a more cost effective AVA, sourcing from a vineyard planted for the Prisoner program.

Aromatically the ripe berry aromas mingle with a floral, violet perfume and subtle oak; berry and currant flavors persist in the supple finish.

Wine Type
97% Primitivo, 3% Barbera
5 days cold maceration following harvest, until the lightly crushed fruit began fermenting with indigenous yeast. They subsequently inoculated with a cultured strain to help insure complete fermention. After pressing, barrels were filled for malolactic conversion. Aging was in newer French oak barrels, with very low SO2. Just minimally handled, it was racked once in the spring, when we blended in a small percentage of
Barbera, adding complexity. Aging continued for another five months in cooperage prior to bottling.
181 cases (9-liter cases)

Great with grilled meat and vegetables, as well as mild cheeses.

Reviews and News

2017 Uvaggio Primitivo - 88 PTS - WE

2017 Uvaggio Primitivo - 88 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 88 pts"Buttery, oaky aromas meet bright cherry and raspberry flavors in this medium- to full-bodied wine. It has a very fruity jammy flavor profile, a smooth texture and soft acidity. - JIM GORDON"

- Wine Enthusiast (August 2019), 88 pts

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2015 Uvaggio Primitivo - 92 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

2015 Uvaggio Primitivo - 92 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"A wine for grown-ups, this is big but balanced and dry in style. It matches impressive layers of just-ripe blackberry and black-plum flavors with a sturdy structure of fine-grained tannins that clean the palate easily. It has considerable depth and focus, indicated by how the dark fruits seem to keep increasing in intensity even on the finish. - JIM GORDON"

- Wine Enthusiast (October 2017), 92 pts - Editors' Choice

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Producer Information: Uvaggio Wines

Uvaggio was founded by Jim Moore in 1997. Jim's creation and development of his own wine label is a gratifying personal achievement; a venture born from the passion, knowledge and ...
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