Marnà 2010 Bianco

Collio DOC, (northeastern) Italy;  from Ca’ Ronesca
Pinot Blanc and Malvasia Istriana; 14% ABV
$9 at the Richmond, CA, store on 26 Nov

Marna_2010_BiancoI 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.

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8 thoughts on “Marnà 2010 Bianco

  1. DavidLikesWine

    Opened a bottle of this tonight (purchased on the most recent sale). Time might have been what it needed. The wine has delicate floral notes with some candied / honeyed fruit notes and wonderfully balanced acidity. More full bodied than a Sauvignon Blanc, but not, in my opinion, overly-heavy like some California chardonnay, I think this is a really neat alternative to the usual summer suspects. My remaining bottles will not survive the coming warmer months.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi David. Thank you very much for this report! Maybe I don’t need to keep it in cool storage for years. 🙂

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  2. BargainWhine Post author

    First, I had been planning to get another bottle of this wine during the winter sale, but since it turns out there won’t be a winter sale, I may get another bottle or two the next time I’m at the Richmond store.

    Second, one of the people I have run into in GO wine aisles is a wine manager at a nearby Trader Joe’s. In a discussion about Chardonnays, she mentioned a Picpoul de Pinet that TJ’s got in recently that she liked a lot. Finding it at my neighborhood TJ’s for $8, I got a bottle as a sort of comparison to what the GO sells for $9. Answer: The Picpoul is more overtly delicious, with flavors of yellow apple, lemon, an accent of very ripe pineapple, and a little minerality, with bright acid, in a nice, liquidy body. However, I think the Marnà is the more substantial and interesting wine, with more depth and potential for aging. My choice between them would be based on what I wanted: a delicious wine to serve right away, especially to guests, or a wine to ponder and perhaps age for a while.

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  3. permiesworld

    Did you save any for day two? This sounds like a white that I’d like. I pretty much enjoy the non-intrusive ones and am in love with the Italian styles (for the most part). I’m curious if it morphs into more character as it’s open?

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Regrettably, no. Despite my lackluster opinion, we downed it all in one night. Seedboy, were you able to note how it evolved over more than one day?

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      1. seedboy

        I don’t remember any specifics about this wine on the second day, other than that I liked it and wished it weren’t so expensive.

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