- The North Coast Collection -
50% Chardonnay 50% Malvasia, 2018, Mendocino AVA, California
Winemaker: Kent Humphrey, 12% alc/vol
VINIFICATION: The Malvasia fermented and aged in stainless steel. 65% chardonnay is fermented and aged in stainless steel and the remaining 35% is fermented and aged in neutral French oak. Filtered and fined.
TASTING NOTES: Delicate, frizzante style bubbles. Jasmine flowers, fresh baked french bread, honeysuckle, fresh yellow peach, meyer lemon, green apple.
PLAYS WELL WITH: Sushi, ramen, roast chicken, dan dan noodles, thai food
WHY I LOVE IT from Sommelier Kristin Olszewski: "Malvasia is one of those grapes that can either remind you of your grandmother’s perfume or transport you to that night where you turned, by accident, down a street covered in blooming night jasmine.
We clearly prefer the latter. We’ve blended it with chardonnay - one of my favorite grapes when she’s treated with respect (and one of the three grapes allowed in Champagne)!
This chardonnay has been lovingly fermented in both stainless steel and neutral barrel - we believe in prioritizing balance over oak but the neutral barrel gives a touch of texture. The resulting blend has a bit of everything - acidity, texture, bright fruit and pretty aromatics!"