Our Malvasia Bianca has become a winery favorite, perfect for surveying beautiful views off the Terrace. We focus on crafting a wine with 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. The intricate balance of acidity and sweetness creates the ideal partner for spicy foods, as well as a refreshing aperitif. This wine is part of our Winery Exclusive offerings.
Peering through the gossamer pale lemon hue, this winery-exclusive Malvasia Bianca opens with an elegant mélange of white flowers, melon and tropical fruit. Upon sipping, the wine is honeyed and mellow, filling the palate with a delightful fruit cocktail of ripe apple, pear, mango and pineapple. Round, luscious and fruit-driven, this wine pairs perfectly with Asian foods and spicy dishes. Serve well-chilled.
After a damp late winter and spring, the 2019 California vintage started one to two weeks later than normal, followed by cool temperatures that allowed the grapes to mature gradually. Owing to the extended, cool growing season, wine grapes ripened slowly with full flavors and superb balance.
Malvasia Bianca is grown in a warmer region in northern San Joaquin Valley. With consistent daytime heat, the varietal’s tree fruit character develops fully, while cooling breezes help maintain a solid acid backbone, emphasizing the intriguing spicy-floral elements.
Grapes are sent directly to press, and the resulting juice is cooled and allowed to settle before racking to stainless fermentation tanks. A long, slow fermentation preserves the delicate nature of the fruit, and fermentation is arrested to provide a refreshing off-dry wine with lower alcohol and a fuller mouthfeel.
Director of Winemaking Harry Hansen was raised in nearby Sonoma County. “One of my earliest memories of wine was the gallon jug of red wine that we always had at home. I would go with my father to a local winery, maybe in Kenwood or Healdsburg, to refill that jug and chit-chat with the winery proprietors. The aromas of those wines were always something attractive, somehow mysterious, but always memorable.”
Harry joined Sterling Vineyards and relocated to Napa Valley just before the 2011 Harvest. “The opportunity to join such a respected Napa Valley winery is exciting and a fantastic next step in my winemaking career. Sterling Vineyards is making some wonderful wines, and I look forward to taking that next step up in quality and reputation.”
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