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I still have a few rosé wines left to poke at for the summer, but since my bottle of the Sand-Reckoner rosé is earmarked for a Nebbiolo podcast to happen at a later date… I decided to drink something a little different. Besides, you all know me, I can’t say no to Malvasia. With that in mind, I decided to trek to the Verde River near Perkinsville and crack open my bottle of his 2014 Malvasia Bianca. (Hopefully, Heather will review her bottle of this soon; it was part of an Arizona Wine Evangelism pack I sent her a while back, along with a few other fun bottles.)
The Wine: Sourced from the Willcox Bench, the 2014 Malvasia Bianca is a blend of 50% Malvasia Bianca from Rob’s Estate vineyard, and 50% from Rolling View Vineyard, down the road. The grapes spent an average of 12 hours soaking on the skins. This vintage was barrel fermented in neutral oak, and aged on the lees for 8 months. This wine is a bright, cheerful straw or sunflower yellow in color.
The Nose: The nose opens up with notes of straw, elderflower, honeysuckle, jasmine, grass, and vanilla, intermingling with notes of pineapple and apricot.
The Palate: The palate is also intensely grassy, with additional notes of jasmine, honeysuckle, honeydew melon, wood, Meyer lemon, with high acidity. The finish is short, lasting for 44 seconds, but packed with floral notes, mango, and the intense minerality I associate with white wines from Willcox.
The Pairing: As with most Malvasia vintages, you can easily pair this wine with Thai Food. However, Hatch Green Chilis are in right now, and the flavor profile of this unique southwestern food would go well with this unique southwestern wine, so why not make some green chili chicken enchiladas or some fancy mac and cheese with green chili?
Impressions: The 2014 Malvasia Bianca is another home run from Hammelman, a great summer wine. As many of you know, I dearly love Arizona Malvasia, and I feel that Rob is a master with it. This wine is bright and refreshing, like green growing things in the desert, or ent-draught in the morning at Wellinghall. I also suspect this vintage will age quite well, and as it ages, the grassy notes will fade, being replaced by notes of honey, figs, and apricots.
As many of you know, I dearly love Arizona Malvasia, and I feel that Rob is a master with it. This wine is bright and refreshing, like green growing things in the desert, or ent-draught in the morning at Wellinghall. I also suspect this vintage will age quite well. As it ages, the grassy notes will fade, being replaced by notes of honey, figs, and apricots. You could probably cellar this bottle for about six more years quite easily.
Personified, this wine is a hippie gardener, fond of lush, growing herbs and flowers.