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2018 Malvasia Bianca

2018 Malvasia Bianca

ABV: 11.5%
Vineyard: Neeson 

Flavor Notes:  This Malvasia Bianca has a lush citrus aromatic presence that is immediately discernible. Fresh ruby red grapefruit, lemon verbena, and keylime notes add a fruity quality to this dry wine. 

Pairings: Malvasia’s fruit forward nature compliments spicy foods like szechuan chicken over rice, or cajun enchiladas. Citrus notes pair particularly well with pork dishes; try with food based around fresh cilantro and tomatillos like street tacos, or with savory gyoza dipped in a ginger sauce and moo shu pork.

Vinification: We picked these grapes in late October, destemmed them, and left them to soak on their skins overnight before pressing to extract the more complex flavors from the skins. The Malvasia was then fermented completely dry—an interesting aspect of the wine, as it features such lush fruity aromatics.

Suggested Cellaring: Enjoy now through 2021

Malvasia is a word attributed to a wide variety of grapes. Venetian traders dominated the Mediterranean between the 8th and 15th centuries, and heavily promoted Malvasia wine. Due to this popularity, wines made from similar varieties were referred to as “Malvasia,” even if they were genetically unrelated. We planted our Malvasia vines after getting the clones from California, thinking that they came from the Friuli region of Italy. After further research, Winemaker Sean O’Keefe discovered that these clones actually originated from the Piedmont region of Italy and were brought over roughly a century ago by Piedmontese immigrants who erroneously called their grapes Malvasia Bianca, so the US government did too. Thanks to modern genetic testing, we now know they’re actually Malvasia Moscata, though we still call them by their legal name: Bianca. Our Malvasia Moscata varietal is currently 
only found growing in Piedmont and in the United States.

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