2011COMalvasia2011 Coronica, Malvasia Istria, Croatian White.
Malvasia is way underrated in my humble opinion, and this lovely white from Croatia made from the less floral Malvasia Istria vatical is a stunning example of how wonderful this grape can be. Coronica is in Istria in the northwestern region of Croatia and this unique terroir helps make for an interesting and savvy wine. The 2011 Coronica Malvasia Istria is bursting with drive and energy and delivers an almost Chablis like vibrancy and mineral rich character. The nose has a hint of lime and orange blossom and white peach leading to a chalky palate of lime, tangerine and wet stones with good acidity and a touch of spice. This very well crafted wine gains some body and richness with air, but stays crisply dry throughout and flashes of briny and sea salt add to the whole to good effect. This white would make for a great companion for oysters and any delicate fish dish, as well as soft cheeses.
($20 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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