In The Glass: Matošević Alba Barrique 2004

by  |  02-06-2013

While paying a visit to Ivica Matošević’s winery last month, we tasted our way through all his labels and, at one point he pulled out a bottle of 2004 Malvazija. The reason for opening this nine year-old bottle was to show off how well Malvazija can age if one so desired. Ironically, in swimming in Croatian wine circles back in California, I seem to recall having tasted this vintage (or perhaps the 2005) shortly after its release and I can say that I enjoy it a great deal more now. For everyone who loves tossing about “The New Tuscany” or “Undiscovered Italy” or other such hyperbolic nonsense to describe Istria, while the winemakers can make great reds, their real specialty are their whites and specifically the Malvazija. I have no idea how the geographic and meteorological elements all come together to make it happen, but, if someone knows what they’re […]
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