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Malvasia Bianca 2011
Malvasia Bianca is an ancient Greek varietal, and more than likely, was brought to Italy in the 14th century during the Venetian exploration of the Aegean and colonization of that region. Seven hundred years later, this aromatic and intriguing grape is grown and revered throughout the Mediterranean and in Santa Barbara County.
Malvasia Bianca first beckons with a gorgeous glint of pale gold in the straw-colored wine. A virtual garland of orange blossom, night-blooming jasmine and a grassiness reminiscent of fresh olives leaps from the glass with a swirl, teasing into a belief that this is a sweet wine. But a first sip surprises with tangy essence of quince, key lime and newly picked white peaches. This lean and bone-dry wine pulses across the palate with light and lively nuances of lime marmalade, kumquat, membrillo and loquats and then lingers with a crisp, stoney minerality and briney character suggestive of Malvasia Bianca’s seaside history.
Food Pairing Notes
This is an excellent pairing with spicy dishes, oysters on the half shell, crispy fried foods and caviar.