Caravaglio Malvasia Bianco Secco 2015
Just off the coast of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands archipelago is a World Heritage Site and pure paradise, created by ancient volcanoes and carved by Mediterranean winds. This wine is a journey to the islands of Salina and Lipari (each basically 15 square miles of volcano sticking up out of the ocean), and a sampling of truly outstanding Italian wine.
Uber fresh and intense perfume of peach, lemon, and sea breeze leaps from the glass with spicy white flower top notes and maybe just a kiss of white pepper in this beautifully rendered dry wine. Lemon, sea salt, peach and bright acidity are a flavorful reflection of this sea-meets-volcano inspired terroir, with a soft yet refreshing saline tang. Do not over-chill this wine or at least allow it 30 minutes out of the fridge before drinking to truly appreciate everything going on.
The Caravaglio family has been cultivating wine grapes here for over 500 years – winemaker Antonino Caravaglio’s ancestors were among the first to partner with Venetian traders that planted the original Malvasia and Corinto Nero vines in the 1500s. Few winegrowing regions in the world can claim such an unbroken chain of organic cultivation, and the Caravaglio family continues ancient traditions and practices in the caring for these pristine vines. With each sunrise over the bright blue of the Mediterranean, you can find Antonino, his wife Elisa, and their daughter Alda tending their organic vineyards by hand. Native to Sicily, Caravaglio’s Malvasia is grown on volcanic soils in the Malfa district of the island of Salina.