We are honored to receive the prestigious "Best In Class" award by Peninsula Underground for our Primitivo 2019.
With nearly 5,000 wineries in California, the competition for consumer preferences and loyalty is fierce. The "Under the Radar" award series seeks out great wines made by California producers with a somewhat smaller production. Wines are sampled in blind tastings by an all-volunteer executive plus seven additional reviewers including a Sommelier and WSET certified tasters.
"After taking home Best in Class Red Blend in 2022, La Mesa Vineyards is back with a Best in Class Primitivo. This wine is medium garnet in color with good viscosity. Primary aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cassis, a bit of red fruit, and black pepper. Solid fruit development showing now with fig, raisin, and dried cherries. Pleasant secondary aroma and flavor of vanilla."
"This is a complex wine, exhibiting lots of tertiary characteristics: game, meat, leather, wet leaves, earth, and mushroom. Medium acid and tannin, but plays bigger than that with a medium plus mouth feel and a full finish. A wine that makes you think, and that’s a good thing!"
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