Malvasia Bianca

Malvasia Bianca

Malvasia Bianca offers delightful aromas and flavors of honey and ripe Bosc pears with hints of allspice. Round, lushly fruity flavors and a plush texture lead to a finish that is determined by the degree of residual sugar and the cellar treatment. The lightest versions offer a clean, crisp finish, while those aged in small barrels may display light tannins and a hint of vanilla. Sweeter, more opulent versions linger on the palate.

Malvasia Bianca Runs the gamut of styles from lightweight to full-flavored, dry to sweet, low to high alcohol and it is sometimes made as a sparkling wine.
It can be grown in many climates and environments, but the drier wines profit from cool, sun-drenched hillsides with light, well-drained soils.

Malvasia Bianca is a member of an ancient, highly esteemed Greek family of grapes vinified in a myriad of styles throughout Italy. It is one of the most widely planted, light-colored grape varieties in Italy. On the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, it makes rare, rich and wonderfully aromatic passito wines (sweet). Similar Malvasia dessert wines, made by drying the grapes before crushing, are found throughout central and southern Italy. Malvasia Bianca also is prominent as a blender with Trebbiano in light, dry wines such as FRASCATI, MALVASIA ISTRIANA of Friuli, and the legendary VIN SANTO of Tuscany, which can be quite dry or very sweet.

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