2013 Uvaggio Antichi Viti Grenache, Santa Clara Valley, California

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Uvaggio (‘blend’ in Italian) was set up in 1997 by Jim Moore (ex-Robert Mondavi/Bonny Doon winemaker) and barrel maker Mel Knox. Jim’s thoughtful and modest approach is evident in his winemaking. He focuses on Mediterranean grape varieties in California, creating interesting, authentic, food-friendly wines without the typical Californian price tag. The nose of this Grenache is full of bright, sweet red berried fruit. It is medium-bodied but the fruit has a rich succulence to it, pointing to its old vine heritage. This, combined with gentle hints of white pepper spice, makes for a juicy, rewar