Had these two last night w/ dinner:
1. Vignai da Duline Malvasia Chioma Integrale Dd'OC: Friuli Venezia Giulia (12.5%; 100% Malvasia Istriana; KermitLynch/Berkeley) LorenzoMocchiutti/Vignai da Duline/SanGiovanni al Natisone 2020: Light gold color; very strong Malvasia Istriana/slight muscatty/rather spicy/very floral slight mineral/perfumed talc quite perfumed classic Md'I nose; rather tart/tangy slight metallic/steely totally dry very perfumed Md'I/floral/gardenias/spicy bit cardamon somewhat austere/metallic bit restrained/nuanced bit steely/flinty structured lovely bracing flavor; very long quite tart/tangy metallic/steely some minerally/perfumed talc bit subtle rather Md'I/floral/gardenias somewhat austere totally dry finish; speaks quietly/nuanced of MdI; not as rich & lush & blatently Malvasia as most; a wiry/bracing Md'I that needs several yrs & should go out 10 yrs; bit pricey at $43.00 (AV)
2. Herve Souhaut LaSouteronne VdF IGP: Ardeche (13.8%; 100% Gamay; 60-80 yr old vines; Jenny&Francois Slctns/NY; www.romaneaux.destezet.free.fr) Dom.Romaneaux-Destezet Herve Souhaut/Arlebosc/LaSouteronne 2019: Dark color; strong Gamay/plummy/bit strawberry/licorice some Bojo-GrandCru-like/Morgon light earthy/loamy bit rustic light Rhonish/roasted some complex rather interesting nose; fairly tart/tangy strong Gamay/plummy/Morgon-like/bit strawberry light Fr.oak slight roasted/Rhonish somewhat earthy/loamy rather complex flavor w/ modest bracing tannins; very long fairly strong plummy/Gamay/Morgon-like/bit licorice bit rustic light toasty/Fr.oak slight roasted/Rhonish slight bitey/tangy/metallic some complex finish w/ light bitey tannins; reminds a lot of a young Morgon GC Bojo but with something a bit out of kilter w/ slight roasted/Rhonish character; needs 2-6 yrs of age; quite an interesting red. $39.00 (BigMood/KC)
More ickerpirtle from TheBloodyPulpit:
1. Malvasia: Most Malviasia is Malvisia Bianco, which has a strong floral/almost muscatty scent. Malvasia d'Istria or Malvasia Istriana is originates from the Istrian Peninsula & is planted widely in Friuli/Carso/Slovenia/Croatia, where it was brought from Greece. In Croatia, it is known as Malvasia Istarska.
I particularly like wines made from Md'I. They have a more subtle Malvasia scent and are not as muscatty in character as Malvasia Bianco.
This was a rather unusual expression of Md'I. Mostly are fairly forward & drinkable from the get-go. This one was unusually bracing & austere & seems to need some age and not as strongly perfumed as most. But I think it's a good/solid Md'I.
2. Souhaut: This comes from the right bank of the Rhone right across from the Hermitage Hill. The vines come from the Gamay grape, a rarity in the Rhone, and hence must have only a VinDeFrance designation.
Jenny&Francoise is an importer that specializes mostly in natural wines. The Souhaut indicates his wines are made following natural practices, but he doesn't wear it on his sleeve. The wine, though a bit rustic, showed no natty or unclean character whatsoever. So it can be done.

Edited by TomHill (08-08-2022 13:29:33)