2019 Caravaglio Infatata Malvasia Secca Salina
This fascinating wine hails from the Aeolian island of Salina near Sicily in southern Italy. Grown on volcanic soils, this is made of 100% Malvasia Bianco and is vinified completely dry. Exotic and intensely perfumed, this wine opens with vibrant lychee, pineapple and honeysuckle notes on the nose and leads to a salty, lean, mineral palate that speaks of its island origins.
Few places in the world embody the philosophy of natural winemaking as effortlessly as does Salina, where Antonino Caravaglio crafts his peerless wines by hand. Part of the Aeolian Island chain off the coast of Sicily, Salina is a slice of paradise, created by volcanoes and carved by the Mediterranean winds. Caravaglio makes what he calls “island” wines, choosing to ferment on indigenous yeasts and limit the addition of sulfur, all so that Salina’s natural character—its volcanic soils, its sea-salty air, its wild herbs—is exactly what you taste and savor in each rare bottle.
VINEYARDS: On the island of Salina, the single-vineyard ‘Tricoli’ is shaped like a triangle and stretches up a steep slope, from the Mediterranean coast into the clouds, facing northwest. It is located in the Malfa district (the highest quality vine-growing area on the island). Soils are a combination of volcanic sand and rock.
AGE OF VINES: 10 to 20 years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested and sorted in the fields. Gentle, full-cluster press; fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged in tank on fine lees for three months.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of cardamom-spiced pears, white peach, preserved lemon; plush, complex yet balanced
Italy, Sicily, Salina Bianco
100% Malvasia delle Lipari
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