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Malvasia Bianca, Skin Fermented

She is Tahiti in a glass.

About this wine

The broad range of aromas spans magnolia blossoms after a rain shower and fresh melon rind to Valencia orange peel and quince marmalade and warm feijoa crumble, the palate is plush with a soft silky texture. Every time I smell this wine it makes me smile, and whisks me away on a tropical vacation. She is Tahiti in a glass. The key to this wine is that, while it is a skin-fermented wine, it is not an oxidative style. I feel this is very important. I wanted this wine to be enhanced by the aromatics and tannins in the skins, but not become oxidized or sherry like, so that it would maintain its sense of place and identity as the third sister in the group of Malvasia Biancas from Capp Inn Ranch. The grapes were cold soaked, then allowed to warm up just enough so native fermentation kicked in. Then the fermentation was carried out at cool temperatures, as is typical for white wine. Each day, the wine was punched down as needed and fermentation was carried out for three weeks. During this time I was just listening to the wine and letting it guide the way, meaning I was open to taking it off skins at any point at which it seemed ready…however, it just got prettier and prettier and I keep falling more and more in love. So I carried out its full fermentation on skins until dryness. Then the wine was put to neutral oak barrel for élevage, during which the lees were stirred every two weeks to enhance its mouthfeel, richness and softness. I developed a preference for the texture of the wine after stirring and therefore, I intentionally brought some of this fine, soft lees to bottle with the finished wine.

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Meet the Winemaker

Faith Armstrong Foster


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As refreshing as the Pétillant Naturel she makes of Malvasia Bianca, many of the words used to describe Faith Armstrong Foster’s wine could be used to describe the winemaker herself. Honest, vibrant, unfiltered, true to her origins, bright, complex. To get to know Faith, taste one of her wines and then ask her a question about how it is made. Sit back and relax. You are about to be introduced to her passion.