Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wine of the Week - Clesi Malvasia Bianca

While rarely seen in the United States, Malvasia is found throughout the Mediterranean, from Portugal to Greece. Clesi Winery, located in Monterey with it's Mediterranean-like climate, has the right combination of warm marine days and cool nights that Malvasia thrives in. This wine has notes of Jasmine, white peach, and apricot aromas. Complemented with grapefruit, honeysuckle and lemon flavors on the palate. It's crisp with strong minerality and a balanced acidity. 

Chris and Adrienne Ferrara began producing Italian-varietal wines sourced exclusively from the diverse microclimates of the Central Coast. Clesi’s Italian focus came from Chris’s love of Italian wines and a background in viticulture that allowed him to plant and farm old world varieties. During his extensive travels throughout Italy, he noted the similarity in conditions of rainfall, soils, and temperatures that are shared between Italy and the Central Coast of California. It just made sense to him to try his hand at planting the traditional varietals of the old world, visualizing them through a new world lens. The intent at Clesi is to merge the exceptional quality produced on the Central Coast with the complexity and restraint necessary to create an elegant and food-focused wine.

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