2021 Birichino Malvasia Bianca Pétulant Naturel, Monterey

2021 Birichino Malvasia Bianca Pétulant Naturel, Monterey

$26.95

Description

Birichino’s dry white Malvasia Bianca is extremely refreshing and popular as a warm weather drink.  However, this “Pet Nat” is a special treat!  Short for Pétulant Naturel, which is a “low brow” single fermentation, completed after the bottle has been capped.  The trapped CO2 creates a delightful fizz, and one is meant to overlook the spent lees (the dead yeast cell normally disgorged after the secondary fermentation in the methode Champenoise process) which remain in the bottle and can create a hazy or even cloudy appearance.

From a vineyard planted just shy of 3 decades ago up against the Santa Lucias of the Salinas Valley, the 2021 is 100% Malvasia Bianca with just a touch of malvasia juice that was added while it was actively fermenting.  Spicy floral aromas of gardenia, honeysuckle, nectarine and orange-citrus blossoms!

 

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