Malvasia

Name of varietal: Malvasia

Common synonyms: Malvoisie, Malmsey, Malvasia Istriana, Malvazia, Monemvasia

Parentage of the grape: thought to be indigenous to Greece

History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For this reason, there are dozens of clones and subspecies derived from the original, and it comes in both red and the much more common white. It is believed to have originated in Greece as Monemvasia, and was brought to Italy by the Romans, from where it spread most notably to Spain, France, Portugal and Croatia.

In most places in Europe, it has an often unbilled role in blends and bulk wines, though some more sophisticated productions exist and are worth looking out for. In Italy, it is vinified in the north as a single varietal in dry white wines as Malvasia Istriana. It is also one of the grapes used in Vin Santo fortified wine.

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  • I've heard that Costco is one of, if not the, largest retailer of wine - in ... up of viosinho, rabigato and malvasia. Lemon cream on the nose.  Kind of creamy but not overly oaked or buttery. Decent amount of acidity, lemon cream, a touch of ripe pear, subtle herbal notes on the back end, and a medium finish. This went well with panko crusted ... Read More

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  • Giroflé Branco Douro 2014

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    Really nice, food friendly Portugese white made up of viosinho, rabigato and malvasia. Lemon cream on the nose. Kind of creamy but not overly oaked or buttery. Decent amount of acidity, lemon cream, a touch of ripe pear, subtle herbal notes on the back end, and a medium finish. This went well with panko crusted snapper and roasted brussel sprouts. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Azienda Agricola Monte del Fra Ca del Magro Custoza DOC Superiore 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Edizione Cinque Autoctoni VdT Rosso Barrica 2010

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    Wine review by Cuvee TX


  • Voulet Malvasia di Casorzo d'Asti 2014

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    Wine review by mujerbonita75


  • Everyone, hope you got something out of all this. We definitely had a great ... - Kenneth Volk. We tasted Malvasia Bianca, Verdelho, Negrette, Blaufrankisch, Touriga Nacional and Aglianico with a bonus pour of their Old Vine "F"Red which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Touriga Nacional. They had to pen in the "F" due to some ki... Read More

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  • Fracchia Casorzo Voulet 2012

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    Malvasia di Carsozo is my favorite wine of all time. It supplanted everything I ever held in high regard. I love the fact it's not high in alcohol content and the taste is SUPERB. The only downside is its availability in social settings. Thankfully, I'm now a home body and have three stores that sell it close by. Read More

    Wine review by keeceez


  • VV, if you liked the Kenneth Volk Malvasia, K&L has it on sale. Clendenen makes a Nebbiolo--he has a tiny patch up on a hill separate from his other vines.  It's actually pretty good, and occasionally can be found at K&L and a few other places.  I matched it against an Aldo Conterno basic Barolo a while ago, and it was pretty hard to tell which ... Read More

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  • Thanks Larry, I've seen you on Berserkers (where I lurk more than I post), ... ... We sampled a 2014 Malvasia Bianca, 2012 Verdelho, 2012 Negrette, 2012 Blaufrankisch, 2012 Touriga Nacional and a 2011 Aglianico. All were really good but the Negrette and the Aglianico were outstanding and reasonably priced, nothing over $36.  Next up was our 1... Read More

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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • Tremendous

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  • I had never tasted a red wine that I liked, until trying Malvasia.

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