Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
cpratt

TN: 2001 Ca' del Solo malvasia bianca

This afternoon, I skulked around the wine cellar for a bit trying to find a bottle of wine to enjoy tonight. It's getting harder and harder: the skanky going-off bottles are down to just two dozen or so, which leaves an awful lot of good stuff. I'm coming to the conclusion that my cellar has a severe lack of white wines at the moment; there are a couple of cases there, but I'm trying to hold off on them [they're at least 90% riesling] until they start getting old enough to throw off that funky petrol smell I grew to really appreciate in Australia. So... what was left? There's a bottle of koshu [an indigenous Japanese varietal] that I want to save for a friend who really knows their wines, because that's just too strange. Same goes for this 1996 Gurjaani from Georgia as well as a couple of limited release Bonny Doon moscatos. So, what was left? The malvasia bianca that won the Best Wine medal at the Los Angeles county fair last summer. I've been told it would also do the stinky petrol thing if I could just leave it alone for five years, but screw it, sometimes you just have to go for it. And I'm glad I did; it's got that oddly viognier-like unctuous fatness I like pretty well, but it's also got some weird aromatics going on that smell almost like an imaginary lavender-scented organic laundry detergent that would probably sell well at Whole Foods. It's made me very happy. Once again, however, I forgot that really chilling a white wine down kills a lot of the interest; it got a hell of a lot better as it warmed back up to room temperature.

If I'm feeling really wild I might yet break open a bottle of something else, but after this one, I don't really feel like it. That's a good thing.
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