Sterling Vineyards Cellar Club Malvasia Bianca California 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

While rarely heard of, Malvasia Bianca is one of the most pervasive grape varietals. Believed to have originated almost 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece, it is part of the expansive Malvasia family, which spans the world. We were attracted to it for its bright, fresh aromas and easy-going, inviting drinkability. Highly aromatic, our Malvasia Bianca welcomes the senses with a mélange of exotic spices, candied ginger and orange blossom, which playfully dance through ripe nectarines and apricots. Across the palate, these flavors continue, skillfully weaving sweet fruits, exotic spices and hints of floral across a plush midpalate. Juicy pear and apricot are lifted by bright tangerine, cardamom, coriander and ginger, which continue through the long, clean finish. The intricate balance of acidity and sweetness creates the ideal partner for spicy foods. Serve well chilled with Thai barbecue or sweet-and-spicy carnitas.

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While rarely heard of, Malvasia Bianca is one of the most pervasive grape varietals. Believed to have originated almost 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece, it is part of the expansive Malvasia family, which spans the world. We were attracted to it for its bright, fresh aromas and easy-going, inviting drinkability. Highly aromatic, our Malvasia Bianca welcomes the senses with a mélange of exotic spices, candied ginger and orange blossom, which playfully dance through ripe nectarines and apricots. Across the palate, these flavors continue, skillfully weaving sweet fruits, exotic spices and hints of floral across a plush midpalate. Juicy pear and apricot are lifted by bright tangerine, cardamom, coriander and ginger, which continue through the long, clean finish. The intricate balance of acidity and sweetness creates the ideal partner for spicy foods. Serve well chilled with Thai barbecue or sweet-and-spicy carnitas.

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