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Donati Camillo ‘08 Malvasia Secco

January 26, 2010


Bubbling orange wine. Mrs. Bestdrinkever thought it had more to do with beer than with wine (with the crown cap, frizzante, and murky color), and I totally agree. It was brimming effusively with loads of gardenias and orange blossoms, with a sly herbaceous twist and a minerally finish. Lightly bubbly and round on the palate. Balanced – Cantillon-like, but without the insane acidity and with the beautiful honeyed and floral Malvasia hallmarks. And tannins too – adding some grip to the finish. Awesome and strange and so fun to drink – if it were 5 bucks a bottle, we’d all be in trouble.

EDIT: After 24 hours, the frizzante was obviously gone, but it stood up perfectly and evolved beautifully with more yeasty, honey, floral, and cured-meat notes like a trappist ale. The tannins started to come through more firmly and more and more mineral quality game through on the finish. Probably more delicious and compelling on day 2.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2010 9:06 am


    First time I see your website. This is a great description of one of my favorite wines. Nice work.



    • jseeds permalink*
      July 20, 2010 12:24 pm

      Thank You Joseph! I appreciate it and look forward to trying more of the Donati this autumn. BTW – thanks for the Cornelissen info on your site – I’ve finally tracked down a few bottles of Contadino and cant wait to try them for the first time!


  2. July 20, 2010 4:45 pm

    Excellent! Thanks for the kind words.
    If you have any questions about his wines, especially the Contadino, let me know! I love his wines and sell tons of the Contadino at the restaurant I work at..


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