Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bastianich 2012 “Adriatico” Malvasia, Croatia

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Looking for a white wine that is truly different? How about a Malvasia from Croatia?

International Intrigue

Most people will be baffled by the label of the Bastianich Malvasia. It shows an outline map of Adriatico and surrounding mysterious lands. It might as well be a map by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Of course, it isn’t. It is the Adriatic Sea and the lands that surround it. Croatia is on the eastern shore of the Adriatic, opposite Italy. This exotic wine comes from the Istriana Peninsula that is shared by Italy, Croatia and Slovenia.

Rock Star Roots

This wine is the brainchild of Joe Bastianich. Bastianich has opened numerous famous restaurants, including some with partner Mario Batali. With the Adriatico line, he is hoping to introduce the wines of eastern Europe to a wider audience.

Croatian wine culture dates back 2,500 years to ancient Greek settlers. Today the country has more than 300 wine regions and a strict classification system. The majority of Croatian wine is white.

A Sprightly Vino

I consider this a sprightly wine. What in blazes does that mean? Good question. When first poured, this had a slightly metallic taste. Green Dragon had a rush to judgement, but we let it open up a while and – like a playful spright – it changed.

On the palate there are delicate flavors of white flowers and tropical fruit. This is a dry wine, with a light to medium body. It strikes a mid-point between lush and crisp. The finish falls off rapidly and doesn’t linger.

I liked this due to its differening flavor profile from the typical Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. It will be a good match with poultry or seafood or just sipping by itself.

This was on sale for less than $10 at the Andersons closeout sale. That’s a pretty inexpensive ticket to eastern Europe!

Rating: 2.5 of 5  Value: 3 of 5

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