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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  • Grao Vasco Dao Branco 2012

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    Crystal clear pale yellow color. Very aromatic nose--tropical fruits. Very dry and crisp on the palate. Only slight hints of the tropical fruit flavors. I am not that experienced with Portuguese wines. Most of my experience is with Vinho Verde, and this wine is very similar--light, dry, crisp. US$8.09 at Total Wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Domaine du Mas Blanc Banyuls Blanc 2001

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... blanc,25% muscat and 5% malvasia and has spent 12 months in oak barrels[AOC rules would dictate 30 months if it was a grand cru Banyuls].Grape fermentation was stopped by the addition of spirit and that is why the wine has acheived 16.5% ABV.I drank my bottle with a plate of bread and cheese and... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Lucha, no link!  Okay, I'll head over there. Been drinking ... ... ... to find them. Just had a Malvasia from them, and have had some rose as well.  I'd put them in the same category as Dancing Coyote, but with a better name and label:  Really good values because the grapes and, frequently the appellations, are a little off the beaten path.  I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? -...


  • Annalisa Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco D.O C 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by lynnjp


  • Annalisa Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco D.O C 2012

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    Wine review by lynnjp


  • It's not often that I have a plan. Well, a detailed plan at least.. Some ... Some ... petite. Carignane, malvasia Oak Glade vineyard on the Silverado trail, just south of Stags Leap A little 2010 pruny but still with a fresh plum and berry fruit and freshening up in the glass. There’s plenty of vanilla and bay leaf here, all over nutty base n... Read More

    From the article The Best of Zinfandel


  • T-Vine Mixed Blacks Oak Glade Vineyard Napa Valley 2010

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    Zin, petite. Carignane, malvasia Oak Glade vineyard on the Silverado trail, just south of Stags Leap A little 2010 pruny but still with a fresh plum and berry fruit and freshening up in the glass. Theres plenty of vanilla and bay leaf here, all over nutty base notes. While low and broad in the mouth this remains well balanced with a chewy feel. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Although there are probably as many red varieties as white, a few of them seem ... them seem ... SB, riesling, malvasia, grenache blanc, albarino, and on and on... oh, and a little chardonnay, too. In fact, my fridge fills up with white just because I want to have the exact right one--ooh, it has to be muscadet (really, melon de bourgogne)--r... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • New here. Live in Colorado. Enjoy many types of wine. Spent years only drinking reds until I vowed to methodically explore whites (and spent a year drinking almost nothing but...and enjoying the hell out of it!). Now I thoroughly enjoy NZ Sauv Blancs, dry Rieslings, Torrontes, Viognier, Alsatian Pinot Blancs and many other (generally dry) whites... Read More

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  • Channing Daughters White Blend the Hamptons Envelope 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by rsk334


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