Lost Blues “Lucky Penny” Malvasia Bianca 2019

Paso Robles
$32 (Wine Club Reorder Price: $28)

At age 19, Giovanni Grandinetti was working a horrible summer job at a small bird food packaging plant. A friend of his suggested he come out to Meridian Vineyards to work the harvest where Gio fell in love with the work and never looked back. In 2012, with a push from his mentors, Gio had the opportunity to start his own wine label and thus Lost Blues was born.

“Lost Blues” was inspired by Gio’s fascination that some of the best blues music ever recorded has been lost as the recordings degraded. This reminds him of making wine, a life’s work that ultimately disappears and that sort of temporary media parallel really resonated with him.

If you’re familiar with the ever-so-popular Herman Story Winery, you will be pleased to learn that Gio learned from and worked with Russell From (owner and winemaker of Herman Story). Gio notes that out of every winemaker he has worked with, Russell had the greatest influence on him. Russell taught him the importance of quality oak barrels, shooting for the stars when it comes to purchasing excellent fruit, and the art of co-fermenting.

The 2019 Luck Penny comes from the Paso Robles Highlands – another favorite Malvasia Bianca of ours, the “Flower Bomb” by Saint K, also comes from this region. What these wines have in common is a highly aromatic nose that you could sit and smell for hours. You might find aromas of tart citrus, wet wool and tangy lemon, like meandering through a damp lemon orchard. There’s a grippy texture to the palate thanks to aging in an oak barrel on the lees. When you sip it, flavors of sour lemon candies and perfumed orange-blossom flavors meet with guava peel.

An excellent pairing for this dry, beautiful white wine is a quinoa salad with pears, baby spinach and chickpeas. Only 95 cases were produced.

Taylor Morgan – September 2021

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