Collio DOC, (northeastern) Italy; from Ca’ Ronesca
Pinot Blanc and Malvasia Istriana; 14% ABV
$9 at the Richmond, CA, store on 26 Nov
I picked this up because I had liked the Sariz 2008 Rosso, from the same producer. Seedboy had commented, “This is a fresh and lively Northern Italian wine, nicely balanced, delicious. At $8.99, though, I’m not likely to buy more.” I have to agree: it was nicely complex and tasty if you ponder it a bit, but to me not very exciting.
The wine showed flavors of yellow and green — pear, apple, and some melon — with supporting oak, in a body heavier but still with a good amount of acid to balance. However, it struck me as a little disjoint, with the acid not doing much to bring out the other flavors a little more buried in there. Overall, it seemed a bit dull.
However, in looking up this producer, I found notes from the Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner about the 2001 vintage (!) of this wine: “A single-vineyard expression of Pinot Bianco and Malvasia Istriana, the 2001 Collio Marna is an important white wine that is showing beautifully right now. This oak-aged white opens to a deep, off-gold color and shapely aromas of exotic fruit, candied pineapple, saffron, cinnamon stick, honey and chewy caramel. There’s an oxidized quality that plays off nicely here rendering a feeling of thickness and rich smoothness. From a classic vintage, Marna is a unique white wine that combines the steady power of Pinot Bianco and the delicate fragrances of Malvasia Istriana. Drink: 2014-2017.“ Parker’s vintage chart (linked to in the lower right margin) gives 2001 Collio whites an “88C” (for Caution may be too old) and the 2010 a “94R” (for Ready to drink), so who knows? This might just need more age to integrate and come forth.