Had these two gems w/ our Olathe Sweet Corn Risotto last night:
1. Venica&Venica Malvasia Dd'OC: Collio (13.5%; GiulianaImprts/Boulder ) Venica&Venica di Gianni e Giorgio Venica/Dolegna del Colio/Friuli 2017: Med.dark gold color; strong floral/gardenias/Malvasia/slight muscatty light chalky/earthy/mineral some complex nose; fairly tart/tangy rather floral/Malvasia/gardenias light pineapple/R-like light steely/chalky/mineral lightly spicy bright/zippy Malvasia d'I flavor; very long rather tart/tangy/zippy some rich/textured strong floral/Malvasia/gardenias light chalky/mineral/tangy/steely finish; quite a lovely Md'I w/ a nice balance of floral/Malvasia & minerality. $33.00 (SFW&S)
2. TheEyrieVnyds ChasselasDore DundeeHills/OR (9.5%) 2017: Med.gold color; light pear/floral/fragrant/almost R-like bit Alpine flowers/edelweiss slight earthy quite aromatic nose; lightly tart/tangy/metallic some Alpine white/floral/bright light bodied light earthy lovely perfumed flavos; med. bright/tart/tangy light bodied rather Alpine flower/floral/edelweiss/pear almost R-like finish; quite a pretty Alpine flower white; a wine that gracefully pirouettes across the palate like a fairy in SwanLake; quite a pretty white that is not at all lean & eviscerated. $28.00 (SFW&S)
A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. The Malvasia is, of course, the Malvasia d'Istriana from Croatia. I much prefer Md'I to the standard Malvasia Bianca.
2. ChasselasDore is a grape variety that originated in the western Swiss Alps of the Jura. Known in Suisse as Fendant. In Calif as GoldenChasselas. In Baden as Gutadel. Regarded as the ideal match for fondue & raclette.
I was expecting, at 9.5% alcohol, a lean/thin/eviscerated white. It was not. A delicate rather ethereal Alpine-like white.