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2019 Sterling Vineyards California Malvasia Bianca

2019 Sterling Vineyards California Malvasia Bianca

2019 Sterling Vineyards California Malvasia Bianca

Tasting Notes

Tasting Note

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.

Technical Information

Varietal Malvasia Bianca
Vintage 2019
Appellation California
Oak Treatment 100% Stainless Steel
Alcohol % 12%
Enclosure Type Cork



Grapes are sent directly to press, and the resulting 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 and a fuller mouthfeel.

Harry Hansen - Winemaker

Director of Winemaking Harry Hansen was raised in nearby Sonoma County. “One of my earliest memories of wine was the gallon jug of red wine that we always had at home. I would go with my father to a local winery, maybe in Kenwood or Healdsburg, to refill that jug and chit-chat with the winery proprietors. The aromas of those wines were always something attractive, somehow mysterious, but always memorable.”
Harry joined Sterling Vineyards and relocated to Napa Valley just before the 2011 Harvest. “The opportunity to join such a respected Napa Valley winery is exciting and a fantastic next step in my winemaking career. Sterling Vineyards is making some wonderful wines, and I look forward to taking that next step up in quality and reputation.”


Vintage Note

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. Owing to the extended, cool growing season, wine grapes ripened slowly with full flavors and superb balance.


California AVA



Malvasia Bianca is grown in a warmer region in northern San Joaquin Valley. With consistent daytime heat, the varietal’s tree fruit character develops fully, while cooling breezes help maintain a solid acid backbone, emphasizing the intriguing spicy-floral elements.

Winemaker Harry Hansen

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