Birichino Malvasia Bianca Monterey 2008
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.
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.
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.
Was it just my bottle, but this one was too sweet, like the grapes released too much sugar.
Could have a little stronger flavor
Food Pairings for Birichino Malvasia Bianca Monterey
Dietary Information: Vegan
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.
|Alcohol: 13%||pH: 3.38|
|Sugar: 0.3 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter|