Birichino Malvasia Bianca Monterey 2008

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You can’t be too rich, too beautiful, or too birichino. For the Italians it connotes mischievous, impish, or nymphean- a mark of vitality and embrace of La Dolce Vita. Of Classical Greek origin, Malvasia threaded her way through the forests of Calabria before slipping ashor in California under cover of darkness. Her fragrance of jasmine, lime blossom and elderflower suggest something quite sweet and sybaritic, though as the first sip passes the lips, she is revealed bone dry, crystalline, and clear. She has learned, through her worldly travels, to flatter a diverse array of cuisine, from tea smoked duck, to a simply sautéed scallop, to pasta al pesto.

Region: USA » California » Monterey

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Winery: Birichino Amici
Color: White
Varietal: Malvasia Bianca
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Snooth User: scruzer
31345043
5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 12/30/2010

This is a fantastic expression of Malvasia- quite perfumed, yet with really laser-like freshness and focus, and still managing rich texture and lime, apricot, and lychee fruit on the palate. finishes totally dry, with just a touch of lees character. great balance.


Snooth User: scruzer
31345043
5.00 5
11/28/2009

Intensely perfumed, yet bone dry on the finish. Jasmine, lime citrus, a touch of grapefruit-- stylistically akin to sauvignon but racier than most, and with great length and even a touch of menrality on the palate. Wow! Superb with seafood- I tried with crab, also smoked birds, even sushi or lemongrass curries.


Snooth User: Lindy Hemsley
167061733
3.50 5
08/01/2012

Surprisingly light in terms of mouth-weight but packs a punch of crisp lychee and mango fruit. On the floral side, it has fresh elderflower notes, all wrapped up in lime freshness - and this is a really fresh, appealing wine.


Snooth User: Ivan Mihic
102228812
2.50 5
01/20/2012

Could have a little stronger flavor


Snooth User: Ivan Mihic
102228812
3.00 5
01/20/2012

Was it just my bottle, but this one was too sweet, like the grapes released too much sugar.



You can’t be too rich, too beautiful, or too birichino. For the Italians it connotes mischievous, impish, or nymphean- a mark of vitality and embrace of La Dolce Vita. Of Classical Greek origin, Malvasia threaded her way through the forests of Calabria before slipping ashor in California under cover of darkness. Her fragrance of jasmine, lime blossom and elderflower suggest something quite sweet and sybaritic, though as the first sip passes the lips, she is revealed bone dry, crystalline, and clear. She has learned, through her worldly travels, to flatter a diverse array of cuisine, from tea smoked duck, to a simply sautéed scallop, to pasta al pesto.

Dietary Information: Vegan

Closure: Stelvin

Aged 7 months in Steel.

Notes: Aged in INOX sur lie for 7 months prior to bottling, both to enrich midpalate texture, and permit us to use the absolute minimum SO2 and retain the most delicate aromatics from the variety.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13% pH: 3.38
Sugar: 0.3 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter

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