Vintage 2019
Wine Type White
Varietal Malvasia Bianca
Region California
Winemaker Harry Hansen
While rarely heard of, Malvasia Bianca is one of the most pervasive grape varietals. Believed to have originated almost 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece, it is part of the expansive Malvasia family, which spans the world. We were attracted to it for its bright, fresh aromas and easy-going, inviting drinkability. Serve well chilled with Thai barbecue or sweet-and-spicy carnitas.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vineyards

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.

Vintage

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.

Winemaking

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.
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