Peering through the gossamer pale lemon hue, this winery-exclusive Malvasia Bianca opens with an elegant mélange of white flowers, melon and tropical fruit. Upon sipping, the wine is honeyed and mellow, filling the palate with a delightful fruit cocktail of ripe apple, pear, mango and pineapple. Round, luscious and fruit-driven, this wine pairs perfectly with Asian foods and spicy dishes. Serve well-chilled.
Fruit is sourced from a warmer growing region in southcentral California. With consistent heat, the varietal’s tree fruit character fully develops, while cooling breezes help maintain a solid acid backbone, emphasizing the intriguing spicy-floral elements.
After a damp late winter and spring, the 2019 California vintage started one to two weeks later than normal, followed by cool temperatures that allowed the grapes to mature gradually. Due to the extended, cool growing season, winegrapes ripened with full flavors and superb balance.
Grapes are destemmed and sent direct to press. Juice is cooled and allowed to settle before racking to stainless fermentation tanks. A long, slow fermentation preserves the delicate nature of the fruit, and fermentation is arrested to provide a refreshing off-dry wine with lower alcohol but a fuller mouthfeel.