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Pillsbury Wine Company

Pillsbury Wine Company
2017 Bonnie Lee, Malvasia, Cochise County, Arizona

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Malvasia

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$32

Pillsbury Wine Company
2017 Bonnie Lee, Malvasia, Cochise County, Arizona

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Malvasia

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, honeysuckle, sunflower, and orange blossom with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy finish displaying notes of apricot. A nice balance of richness and elegant floral notes makes this a unique and conversation-worthy Malvasia for pairing with Mediterranean fare.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: ripe cantaloupe, honeysuckle, sunflower, and orange blossom
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of apricot
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Mediterranean Mezze Plate, Poached Scallops With Chorizo Butter, Jambalaya
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice balance of richness and elegant floral notes makes this a unique and conversation-worthy Malvasia for pairing with Mediterranean fare.

The Producer

Pillsbury Wine Co., LLC

The Producer
4109 E Via Estrella
Phoenix, AZ 85028
USA
1 310-508-3348

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.