Arbe Garbe (pron. Arbay Garbay), literally “bad weeds”, is what they call the cover crops on the Friulian Colli Orientali (“eastern hills”). It’s the mid-nineties, same scenery; two philosophy students are paying for tuition by picking grapes in the Jermann vineyards. Long hours of hard work and dream-sharing, they find one too many ideas in common. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Kerouac, whispering incessantly in the back of their minds, they lift their deep roots and go. He picks up his guitar and she takes nothing but a flower in her hair and love in her eyes, and they come to California.
Arbe Garbe “Benandants” Malvasia 2018 “Catie’s Corner” Russian River Valley
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Tasting Notes: “The Malvasia Bianca Benandants Catie’s Corner Vineyard is a wine of pure and total distinction. Brilliant mineral notes play off varietal aromas and flavors in this beautifully sculpted, expressive white from Arbe Garbe. Clean, refreshing and absolutely crystalline, this wine has a ton to offer. What a gorgeous wine it is.”
Winemaker Notes: “The Benandants Malvasia Bianca, from Catie’s Corner vineyard in the Russian River Valley, offers a very pretty perfume of honey oats, sliced quince, elderflower and a rocky undercurrent with touches of waxed apples and Meyer lemon peel. The palate is light to medium-bodied, fresh and clean with an uplifted, gently textured finish.”