Malvasia

Name of varietal: Malvasia

Common synonyms: Malvoisie, Malmsey, Malvasia Istriana, Malvazia, Monemvasia

Parentage of the grape: thought to be indigenous to Greece

History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For this reason, there are dozens of clones and subspecies derived from the original, and it comes in both red and the much more common white. It is believed to have originated in Greece as Monemvasia, and was brought to Italy by the Romans, from where it spread most notably to Spain, France, Portugal and Croatia.

In most places in Europe, it has an often unbilled role in blends and bulk wines, though some more sophisticated productions exist and are worth looking out for. In Italy, it is vinified in the north as a single varietal in dry white wines as Malvasia Istriana. It is also one of the grapes used in Vin Santo fortified wine.

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  • Salice Salentino DOC Azienda Vini Cantele Riserva Apulië Rood 2003

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    Wine review by Charles


  • La Sera Red Malvasia 2006

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    Slightly sweet, zesty red wine is a specialty of Piedmont region. Fun wine, enjoy with friends and some cheese, don't take life too seriously! Read More

    Wine review by TasteDC


  • Kenneth Volk Malvasia Bianca 2005

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    Wine review by martjo


  • Tobia Rioja Alma de Tobia Reserva 2002

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    Deep dark reddish in color. Sour cherry and chocolate nose that shows hints of anise and rich earth aromas. Full in the mouth with a medium tannin, medium to light acidity and mid length finish. Nice wine. Cherry, chocolate, charcoal notes, and weedy earth. Tasty though and worth a try. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Tobia White Blend Rioja Alma de Tobia 2005

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    50% Malvasia, 40% Viura, 10% other grapes - Fermented in French oak barrels, stirred on it's lees for 4 months. Sample bottle sent to me from the Bodega. Not sure how to describe this one. Very clear as you pour it into the glass, almost steely and water like in color. The nose is almost as austere at first but really begins to give way to a gre... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Bodegas Remirez de Ganuza Rioja 2005

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    Malvasia and Viura Blend Nice yellow light in color. The nose is a creamy lime light aroma that fills the nose with some light nuts and wood in the background. Fully dry with a good acidity, the mouth feel is somewhat creamy with the acidty keeping it from being flabby. Light lime, and minerals round out a palate of flesh fruits. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Tobia White Blend Rioja Alma de Tobia 2004

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    Fermented in barrel The nose is a creamy raspberry with light spices that draws me in for more. The color overall is a bit darker for a rose but clean and clear. In the mouth it is creamy with with a nice body that supports the pure fruit. I expected more wood, but in the end it helps calm down the intense fruit and give it a soft rich character... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Tobia White Blend Rioja Alma de Tobia 2002

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    Viura/Malvasia blend, Fermented in Barrel Light steely yellow in color. The nose shows creamy notes of buttersctoch and light citrus. In the mouth it is soft with a good acidity. Rich fruit is complemented by minerals, light wood and a rich creamy finish. Very nice wine. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Quinta Do Noval Port Blend Porto Fine White NV

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    Nice pale golden color with thickness visible when poured. Peach and apricot on the nose with a little dusty earth and a herbal note that may come out more as it warms. Thick in the mouth with a medium acidity and some alcohol heat on the finish. I would call it sweet but not as much as a ruby port. The flavors are subtle with peach and apricot ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Bodegas Torreduero Toro Peñamonte Blanco 2004

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    Barrel sample 50% malvasia 50% verdejo Light honey and flowers on the nose followed by pear, melon and light vegetal notes. Fully dry in the mouth the acidity is firm and the palate shows light honey, lime peal, melon and green herbs. [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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