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Clayhouse

Malvasia Bianca, 2015

Malvasia is a wine Italians quaff with a Saturday lunch, followed by a snooze. It’s known as much for this function as for bright flavors, which is why when Blake Kuhn whimsically planted Malvasia vines in Paso Robles, he expected to use the wine only to enhance other blends. Instead he got a wine—intensely floral and fruity—too delicious to play a supporting role. By giving Malvasia the California treatment, Blake’s elevated the grape from afternoon sipper to dinner enhancer.

Profile

Clayhouse Malvasia Bianca is a California twist on an everyday Italian white. Under the Paso Robles sun, this wine developed more fruit flavor, more floral aromas and more everything.

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High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Peach
Apricot
White flowers
Orange blossom

Pairing

Intensely flavored, aromatic wines are as delightful to smell as they are to drink. These wines—such as Gewürztraminer, Viognier and some Rieslings—are naturally tasty with rustic fare from the places in Europe where the grapes grow, but they’re also a surefire hit with spicy, fragrant dishes like Thai green curry.

TASTING TIP

Take a moment to enjoy Malvasia’s intense floral aromas, which should get your mouth watering before you even taste the wine.

A floral, aromatic white is always the surefire pairing for aromatic, spicy Asian dishes. Stick with the classic pairing!

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More About The Wine

Paso Robles is known for its 100-degree days and 40- to 50-degree nights—conditions that winemakers love, since they result in big fruit flavors and palate-cleansing brightness. Estrella District is at the extreme end of that diurnal swing, since it’s an inland, higher-elevation area where the sunshine is stronger and the evening temperatures are cooler.

DID YOU KNOW?

Winemaking began in Paso Robles 60 years before California was even a state. Franciscan friars brought winemaking to the region in 1790.

  • VARIETY
    Malvasia Bianca
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Red Cedar Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Paso Robles Estrella District, Paso Robles, California
  • OAK
    Stainless steel, 2% French oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.8%
  • FARMING
    Certified sustainable

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