The grapes for our Malvasia are from Rancho Coda, an older, incredibly steep vineyard atop a mountain in northwestern Russian River Valley. The majority of this vineyard has been grafted over to Italian and French varietals, many of which are obscure or not often planted in California. In the cellar, we press the fruit thoroughly to extract texture from the skins and then ferment it on native yeasts, in a kiln-fired sandstone vessel to maintain aromatics while slowly integrating the texture. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered with only 10 ppm of SO2 at bottling. The haze in this wine is intentional to maintain the balance between floral attack and zippy length.
Golden and opaque in color and appearance. The aromas are exuberantly floral and fruity: peaches, pear, honeysuckle and jasmine. On the palate it feels light and refreshing with a very low alcohol percentage, allowing the beautiful aromatic components to show up well integrated on the palate. There’s also a delightful intersection with citrus and zest, ensuring a bright finish.