Gran Malvasia

Coronica Gran Malvasia 2013

Coronica, Istria (Croatia)
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Our Notes: The history of the indigenous variety Malvazija Istarska dates back to possibly before the Venetians. Over 30 types are grown around the Mediterranean. Moreno Coronica’s Malvazija is considered a benchmark example of this indigenous version. It represents almost 75% of his entire production. In lieu of Garrigue, Croatians champion ‘Freškina’ (sent of the sea) - imagine the sun beating down on rocks covered in seaweed. With the added nuttiness and texture imparted by barrel aging, the Freškina takes on a smoky brininess. A perfect pairing with grilled seafood, fish pot-au-feu, and with enough weight to tackle risotto, gnocchi and pasta.

90 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine for the 2009: Of Moreno Coronica's 75 acres of vines, three-quarters are given over to malvazija istarska, the local malvasia clone—all planted in the region's brick-hued terra rossa. His mastery of the variety is clear in the vibrancy of this 2009, juicy with stone fruit flavors and lifted with vibrant acidity. The age shows up in the spice and hazelnut richness, bass notes that give it gravitas and persistence. Stay with it and you might pick up what the Croatians call freškina, the scent of the seashore.

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