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12 e Mezzo

12 e Mezzo
2015 Malvasia del Salento IGP

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Malvasia

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99
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12 e Mezzo
2015 Malvasia del Salento IGP

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Malvasia

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5%
Clear yellow straw color. Buttery, fruity, fresh, floral, exotic aromas and flavors of lemon soufflé, sea shore, apple blossom, and ginger with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish with notes of Greek yogurt, lemon supremes, and underripe raspberry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A clean and floral Malvasia for effortless shellfish pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: lemon soufflé, sea shore, apple blossom, and ginger
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of Greek yogurt, lemon supremes, and underripe raspberry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pear and Blue Cheese Salad, Ceviche, Jambalaya
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A clean and floral Malvasia for effortless shellfish pairings.

The Importer

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Malvasia

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Malvasia is produced in several countries, but most notably in Italy, where it is most commonly a dry white; there are a few sweeter versions also produced. Malvasia is an aromatic white, with exotic perfumes of peach, apricot and mango; there is very good acidity and the wines are quite delicious. Some of the best examples of Malvasia are from the Friuli region of northern Italy.

In Sicily, there are sweeter versions known as Malvasia delle Lipari, from a small group of islands just north of Sicily. These are sensual dessert wines with apricot and honeyed perfumes, good acidity and moderate sweetness, often with a delicate nuttiness in the finish.

There are also fine examples of Malvasia produced in Spain, Portugal (the famed Madeira wines are made with Malvasia) and the United States.

Consume the dry versions relatively young with sushi or fusion cuisine, while the desert versions can age for a decade or more and are meat to be enjoyed with pastries, such as almond torte.