Benandants Malvasia Bianca Catie’s Corner Vineyard 2016
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Sonoma County
Wine Type White - Still
Varietals Malvasia Bianca
Vineyard "Our Malvasia Bianca is grown on Catie’s Corner vineyard in Russian River. When we first started making wines in 2007, the first door we knocked on was Saralee Kunde’s, one of Sonoma County’s most respected winegrowers and a real pioneer that enjoyed propagating new and unusual grape varietals along more traditional ones. Luckily, she believed in our project at first sight. Before she left, she grafted little under one acre of Malvasia Bianca for our own use. We will never be grateful enough for her believing in us and leaving this legacy, and for having met her at all. The characteristic climate of the Russian River region and its morning fogs make it ideal for bringing the fruit to full ripeness while preserving a satisfying level of acidity." - Enrico & Letizia
Soil Catie’s Corner vines grow on sandy loam soil, a typical sandstone formed by volcanic ash deposits on oceanic bottoms. A river benchland, Russian River Valley’s soil is also rich in alluvial materials.
Viticulture The characterstic climate of the Russian River region and its morning fogs make it ideal for bringing the fruit to full maturation while preserving its acidity, which is what we look for in our grapes and wines.
Vinification The lot has been split between direct pressing and skin contact with different durations, in order to achieve aromatic intensity and texture. Fermented with native yeasts and aged in neutral puncheons with batonnage performed every two weeks.
Production 85 cases
Publication Vinous Rating 93
The 2016 Malvasia Bianca Benandants Catie's Corner Vineyard is a wine of pure and total distinction. Brilliant mineral notes play off varietal aromas and flavors in this beautifully sculpted, expressive white from Arbe Garbe. Clean, refreshing and absolutely crystalline, the 2016 has a ton to offer. What a gorgeous wine it is.
– Antonio Galloni, July 2018