2015 Caravaglio Malvasia Bianco Secco Salina

SKU #1291811 90 points Vinous

 Pale straw. Easygoing aromas and flavors of lemon, apple and fresh white flowers complicated by a delicate hint of ginger. Bright and juicy, offering noteworthy lift and a strong saline slant to the juicy, long back end. Sneaky concentration here. (ID)  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman… I never thought I could start a review with that line. This white wine is from the island of Salina, one of the Aeolian Islands off the north coast of Sicily. Stromboli, a famous name thanks to the 1950 movie that Roberto Rossellini directed and Ingrid Bergman starred in (their romantic offspring, actress Isabella Rossellini was spawned during the filming), is one of the other islands in the small chain of Aeolian Islands. When I first saw this wine I sighed. I knew that Malvasia on a label was the kiss of death, because everyone in America will assume the wine is sweet. Yet from the first sniff of this wine’s heavenly aromatics I knew I had to buy it. Labeling is an issue for us retailers. I can see customers’ eyes glaze over at poorly made labels or unpronounceable names. With this wine, once you taste it I won’t worry. The nose is incredible, full of a briny, salty, floral character, spicy and inviting, so intriguing I helplessly reached for a fork. The 2015 Caravaglio Malvasia Bianco Secca Salina, Sicily is actually DRY, yes; it is dry Malvasia and you are going to fall in love with it just as I did. The wine is fermented dry in stainless steel tanks and then bottled. On the palate the wine has a supple, richness, a weight that shows presence but not heaviness or fat, just a level of importance. Once there on your tongue it just takes over your palate, driving, intense, and linear and begging for a plate of Spaghetti con Vongole (clams). This wine is really unusual in the fact that it is sourced from 20 different small vineyards all over Salina that are planted with the Malvasia delle Lipari grape.
Drink from 2017 to 2019

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2017 | Send Email
This grape is becoming very popular in the San Francisco bay area, thanks to a little restaurant called "A16", that has introduced a lot of Southern Italian varietals to its patrons. A bright, fresh wine with pear, lime, lemon peel, toasted hazelnut with a mineral/salty notes on the palate, this is a very food friendly wine.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2017 | Send Email
Always a good choice. If you have tried this, you know the truthfulness of this statement.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/13/2017 | Send Email
While many people expect a sweet dessert style Malvasia when coming from Sicily, this wine steps away form the norm in great direction. The tropical fruit is accompanied by rounded weight and is complimented by salty minerality from start to finish. The nose reminds me of a dry Riesling, full of juicy fruit and floral characteristics. Long lived and easy to love white.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Sicily

Alcohol Content (%): 13