Mighty floral and aromatic from start to finish. Get orange blossoms, lemon zest, fresh ginger, pineapple and honeysuckle…and lots of them. It sits lightly yet intently in the mouth with fruit, floral and spice all playing their part. Fermented completely dry. That said, this super-aromatic white wine is the type some will call “sweet” by knee-jerk reaction. That would be incorrect. A little bit of lemon seed bitterness on the finish (so slight that it’s a good thing). I won’t say this is a wine for everyone, but in my fantasy world it would be!
Nicole Abiouness, long-time owner and winemaker of her label, specializes in Pinot Noir. Of the wines I tried from her recently, this Malvasia Bianca was my preferred. This is 85% Malvasia, tank fermented, and 15% barrel-fermented Viognier.