Press Reviews

Malvira Barbera D'Alba DOC

This Cru Barbara d’Alba spends 18-20 months in French oak, adding complexity and structure to a complex aromatic profile of mint, black cherry, spice and cassis. Sweet fruit flavors of prune, cherries and vanilla accompany a vibrant structure and gripping tannins for a long finish.


Falstaff Magazine on 2019 vintage

Luminous, medium-dense ruby ​​with violet hues. Catchy nose with lots of fresh fruit, dark cherries, blackberries and elderberries, with delicately spicy components in the background. Spreads out on the palate, lots of sweet plum fruit, fine-meshed tannins, dark chocolate in the finish, has character.


Falstaff Magazine on 2018 vintage

Luminous, medium-dense ruby ​​with violet hues. Finely drawn nose with notes of ripe cherries and plums, some molasses in the background. Juicy and hearty on the palate, grippy tannins, pleasantly salty components in the finish.


International Wine Review on 2017 vintage

A particularly vivacious wine showing dense, dark red berry fruit complicated by notes of underbrush and smoky tobacco. There's the expected lively acidity, but it's smoothly interwoven, bringing brightness to the wine. Lovely depth and length. Alc 14.5%

 

Malvira Barolo Boiolo, La Morra

The Damonte family, synonymous with quality red and white wines in Roero, made its entry as “Barolisti” in 2007, with the acquisition of the Boiolo vineyard in La Morra. Two additional small vineyards were added to the production in 2018 (Boiolo and Serra Denari), all of which will be productive with the 2021 harvest. This singular Barolo from La Morra is a bright ruby red with orange hues, intensely perfumed, with a range of spices, black fruits, mint, drunken cherries, and cocoa. Supple, elegant and persistent with a tightly-woven tannic structure and savory finish, the Boiolo expresses all the intensity typical of the Barolo wines from this area and the equilibrium for which Malvirà is so well known.


Vinous Media on 2017 vintage

The 2017 Barolo Boiolo is soft and open-knit in its first impression, but there is a good bit of tannin lurking beneath. Dried cherry, tobacco, leather, spice and herbs lend quite a bit of aromatic complexity. This is an attractive 2017. Drink it over the next decade, give or take.


Falstaff Magazine on 2016 vintage

Elegant, bright ruby ​​red. Very frank on the nose, of ripe cherries and ripe plums, underlined by a hint of walnut, with an aftertaste of dried figs. Expressive on the palate and with ripe fruit, spreads beautifully over the palate, with tightly woven tannins and a rich arch, long finish.


Decanter on 2016 vintage

Malvira is a major producer of Roero and Arneis, but in recent years it has also made this Barolo from a vineyard in La Morra, aged in tonneaux. The red-fruited nose is delicate and perfumed, while the attack combines juiciness and freshness,. Overall it's a lean style, yet it doesn't lack a degree of volume and weight. The finish is spicy, complex and quite long. It is easily the best vintage of this wine I have encountered.


Falstaff Magazine on 2015 vintage

Bright ruby red. Multi-layered nose, appealing. After forest fruits, cassis, rhubarb jam, tender milk chocolate. Sensitive on the palate with velvety core, stretches beautifully, tightly woven tannin, strong pressure in the finale, complex.

 

Malvira Langhe Bianco Tre Uve DOC

The “Tre Uve” (3 Grapes in Italian) is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Arneis. The wine opens with rich aromas and flavors of fruit, hazelnuts and dairy, which develops into orange peel, apricot, candied fruit and honeyed notes, along with a good bit of French oak. With some age, this white takes on a distinctly exotic feel.


Wine Advocate on 2013 vintage

The "three grapes" that give this wine its name are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Arneis, and the results here are pretty fascinating. The Malvirà 2013 Langhe Bianco TreUve opens to a straw color with some off-gold highlights. Tasting this vintage now, seven years after the harvest, reveals honey-like aromas with star jasmine and passion fruit. Its age is elegantly managed, and although tertiary tones define the wine's personality, they are not candied or oxidized. Indeed, the freshness here is intact with subtle tones of vanilla, aniseed and smoky ash. The final flavor takeaway is white licorice and peppercorn, and you taste those things for a long time, even after you have put down your glass. It's all quite intriguing when you take a second or two to analyze this uncommon offering.

 

Malvira Renesium Late Harvest NV

This dessert wine is made from Botrytis grapes (predominantly Arneis with 10% other aromatic varieties) hand-harvested at the end of November and fermented and aged in oak barrels. Rich perfumes of honey, peach and apricot open to reveal a delicious mix of tropical fruits, candied grapefruit peel and caramel. Balanced and long, pairs perfectly with blue cheese, fruit tarts, nut-based desserts and chocolate.


Wine Spectator

Ample aromas of caramel, butter, vanilla and dried apricot are matched to a light frame. Balanced, persistent and elegant, with a long aftertaste of dried fruit and spice

 

Malvira Roero Arneis DOCG

Grapes for this Arneis come from four Estate vineyards in Canale, home to the Roero’s best vineyards for this variety. Traditional perfumes of orchard fruit, exotic white flowers, chamomile and tropical nuances pervade this particularly inviting and expressive Roero Arneis.


Wine Enthusiast on 2020 vintage

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Wine Enthusiast on 2020 vintage

Best Buy - Made with organically grown grapes, this has delicate, enticing aromas reminiscent of ripe white stone fruit, crushed mint, pineapple and freshly made bread dough. On the linear, savory palate, notes of bitter almond and ginger accent a core of Bartlett pear and lemon drop before a tangy mineral close.

 

Malvira Roero Arneis Trinita DOCG

This single-vineyard Arneis is a stunning wine, laced with white orchard fruit, crushed rocks, mint and white pepper. The Arneis grapes for this wine come from the bottom portion of the Vigna Trinità, an exceptional south/southwestern-facing hillside vineyard in the Roero. This is an incredibly expressive Arneis with a sort of crystalline purity.


Vinous Media on 2017 vintage

The 2017 Roero Arneis Vigna Trinità is a gorgeous, finely cut Arneis laced with white orchard fruit, crushed rocks, mint and white pepper, all of which add to the wine's crystalline purity and overall expressiveness. The 2017 has so much to offer. I loved it.


Wine Advocate on 2011 vintage

The 2011 Roero Arneis Trinita is a little steelier than the Renesio and more understated, but just as beautiful. Bright white-fleshed fruit, flowers and wet stones are layered into this Chablis-like Roero. This is another striking, beautifully balanced wine from Malvira. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014.


Wine Advocate on 2010 vintage

The 2010 Roero Arneis Trinita is less overly fruity than the Renesio. Smoke, minerals, ash and white peaches are some of the flavors that flow from this intense Arneis. I especially like the energy and tension of the finish. This is a marvelous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.


Wine Advocate on 2009 vintage

The 2009 Roero Arneis Trinita is simply beautiful. Smoke, wet stones, ash and white stone fruits are some of the notes that emerge from this flinty, mineral-driven Arneis. The wine turns a touch more generous with air, but remains taut, vibrant and beautifully focused through to the finish. In this vintage the Trinita reveals more freshness than the Renesio, despite having seen a brief spell in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012.

 

Malvira Roero Nebbiolo DOCG

This 100% Nebbiolo is an intense wine with serious depth and striking tannins that will mellow with some time in the cellar. Bright berry fruit (strawberries, raspberries, black currants) and spice appear first, followed by more savory hints of iron, leather smoke and tobacco. The Roero is a wine of significant character and complexity that will only continue to impress with age.


Vinous Media on 2016 vintage

The 2016 Roero is an intense wine with serious depth and equally imposing tannins that call for at least some time in the cellar. Deeply pitched spice notes and bright red berry fruit appear first, followed by hints of iron, leather, smoke and tobacco that develop later. Above everything else, the 2016 is endowed with notable character and complexity. It should be even better than this note suggests in a few years' time.

 

Malvira Roero Riserva Mombeltramo DOCG

The Mombeltramo Roero Riserva comes from a single vineyard of the same name, known for producing particularly austere wines that soften over time, representing exceptional aging potential. This wine offers a captivating intertwining of aromas, flavors and textures, ranging from sweet red fruit and dried rose to tobacco, game, menthol and liquorice. Powerful and persistent tannins support a precise structure that suggests a long, intriguing evolution.


Vinous Media on 2017 vintage

The 2017 Roero Riserva Mombeltramo is laced with sweet red cherry, rose petal, spice, mint, kirsch and a touch of blood orange. Translucent and finessed, with lovely depth, the Mombeltramo is very beautiful in 2017. All the elements are so nicely balanced.


Vinous Media on 2016 vintage

The 2016 Roero Riserva Vigna Mombeltramo is a heady, explosive wine. Black cherry, menthol, sage, lavender and spice all infuse the palate with tremendous depth. The 2016 is deep, vibrant and full of energy, with a real sense of gravitas that adds so much character. I loved it.


Falstaff Magazine on 2016 vintage

Brilliant bright garnet red with a brightening edge. On the nose there is a pronounced scent of mint and mustard seeds, also slightly floral of violets and fresh wild berries. Shows a beautiful fruity play on the palate, juicy freshness meets finely woven tannins, precise from beginning to end, persistent in the finish.


Falstaff Magazine on 2015 vintage

Luminous, brilliant ruby red with a gently lightening rust-red edge. . Shows many layers. Opens on eucalyptus and mint, a hint of cassis and blackberry, raspberry jam. Initially fresh and fruity and clear on the palate, with a high rate of drinkability, shows great fruit with tightly woven tannins with plenty of tension, complex and elegant right through to the finale.


International Wine Review on 2015 vintage

A classic Nebbiolo from Roero, the single wineyard Mombeltramo reveals intriguing scents of rose petals and tobacco. It offers a silky, medium weight palate of dried red berries with herbal and dark loam notes. Finishes very long with round, firm tannins. Matured in French oak for 24 months. The soil of the 1.5 ha Mombeltramo vineyard is more calcareous than the Trinita vineyard and it's exposition is more easterly. The wines from this vineyard are particularly austere in their first years of life and become softer over time.


Wine Advocate on 2015 vintage

The Malvirà 2015 Roero Riserva Mombeltramo offers candied fruit and even a touch of cherry cough drop with aniseed and licorice. Those spicy licorice tones are present throughout these red wines from Malvirà, and they pop up in a few of the estate's white wines as well. The tannins are silky and integrated, yet that nervous rambunctious quality you get with Nebbiolo is ever present.


Vinous Media on 2014 vintage

The 2014 Roero Riserva Mombeltramo is laced with pretty floral and savory notes that give the wine its perfumed, aromatic upper register. Wild cherry, tobacco, cedar and dried rose petal all develop in the glass in this nuanced mid-weight Roero. The 2014 is quite attractive especially within the context of the year.


Vinous Media on 2013 vintage

The 2013 Roero Riserva Mombeltramo shows terrific freshness to match its lithe, mid-weight personality. Crushed rose petal, sweet red berries cinnamon and mint are nicely delineated in a Roero that speaks to elegance above all else. What a pretty and gracious wine it is.


Vinous Media on 2010 vintage

The 2010 Roero Riserva Mombeltramo offers an intriguing interplay of aromas, flavors and textures. Sweet red cherries, tobacco, game, menthol and licorice open up in the glass, all supported by beams of precise tannins. The wine's mid-weight structure suggests it will mature a bit earlier than the other 2010s in the range. Still, there is a lot to like.


Wine Advocate on 2009 vintage

The 2009 Roero Riserva Mombeltramo gives us a nice look back in time. This late-release wine is fine and silky, with extremely polished or almost glossy aromas of fine fruit, tarry smoke, natural rubber and licorice. The wine is laser focused in its intensity and its lasting freshness. With those Nebbiolo tannins, this wine should hold steady on an even longer aging trajectory.


Falstaff Magazine on 2007 vintage

Intense, luminous ruby ​​garnet. Compact nose, shows notes of raspberry and blackberry, backed by notes of forest soil and bark. Firm and dense on the palate, opens with beautiful ripe berry fruit, then shows dense, intense tannins, long, intense finish.

 

Malvira Roero Riserva Renesio DOCG

This vineyard’s name, Renesio, is thought to be tied to the naming of the local white variety, Arneis. In fact, Malvirà produces both an Arneis and the Roero Riserva from grapes grown on this southeastern-facing hillside in Canale. The wine hits the palate with an explosion of dark cherries and blueberries, mixed with smoke, tobacco, liquorice and even a hint of chocolate. This is a more “masculine” showing of Roero, brooding and earthy with a long life ahead of it.


Vinous Media on 2017 vintage

The 2017 Roero Arneis Vigna Renesio presents a distinctly powerful, robust expression of Arneis. Deep and phenolic in feel, the Renesio is a gorgeous wine for the dinner table. There are plenty of varietal orchard fruit and floral notes, but the Renesio is really a wine of density more than anything else.


Falstaff Magazine on 2015 vintage

Rich, bright ruby red with a delicately brightening, rust-red edge. Appealing nose, of ripe strawberries and raspberries, lush forest fruits are underlaid with a noble spicy tone. On the palate with tightly woven tannins, juicy, spreads out nicely, extremely polished with a delicately salty finish.


International Wine Review on 2015 vintage

Offering an enticing floral nose of rose petals and red cherries, the Renesio is our favorite of the Malvira Roeros. It's more feminine and refined than the Mombeltramo. It's very fresh and less earthy on the palate with lovely pure, concentrate red cherry and berry flavors, both fresh and dried. Aged 24 months in French oak. The Renesio vineyard is 300 meters in altitude and stretches about 4.5 hectares. The soil is made of calcareous clay, and the vineyard is located in Canale with a south facing exposition.


Decanter on 2014 vintage

This well-known estate was founded in the 1950s and now produces three Roero Riservas. Renesio exhibits a sweet, delicate raspberry nose which has charm and some finesse. This isn't a massive wine, but has some elegance and persistence as well as a fresh, nimble presence on the palate. Concentrated, balanced and stylish, the perky acidity comes into play on the finish.


James Suckling on 2011 vintage

A floral take on the style with cedary oak and dried leather savory notes at the edge. The palate is supple, bright and fresh with good focus and shape. It flows well and is neatly balanced.


Wine Spectator on 2011 vintage

This exhibits sweet berry, licorice and tobacco flavors. Intense and fresh, with dusty tannins on the finish. Shows fine length and a minerally aftertaste. Drink now through 2020


Falstaff Magazine on 2010 vintage

Intense and darkly shining ruby ​​red. Initially closed nose, slightly reductive, then shows nuances of tar and graphite, noble fungus. Very velvety-soft palate entry, very smooth, stretches elegantly over the tongue in the front part, then slight drying in the aftertaste.


Vinous Media on 2010 vintage

A host of dark cherries, smoke, tobacco, licorice and melted road tar hit the palate in the 2010 Roero Riserva Renesio, while firm tannins convey an impression of masculine intensity. Brooding and earthy, the 2010 is going to need at least a few years in bottle to soften, but it is impressive, even at this early stage.


Wine Advocate on 2010 vintage

The 2010 Roero Arneis Renesio is a generous, inviting wine laced with white peaches, jasmine, mint and flowers. It shows lovely energy and pliancy in a round, floral style best suited for near-term drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.


Wine Advocate on 2006 vintage

The estate’s 2006 Roero Riserva Renesio is the most complete of these 2006 Roeros from Malvira. Deceptively medium in body, the Renesio flows with ripe, juicy cherries, tobacco and spices in a firm style that requires patience. There is a weightless elegance to the Renesio I find compelling and totally engaging. The Renesio shows just how elegant Nebbiolo from Roero can be. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.


Vinous Media on 2006 vintage

The estate's 2006 Roero Riserva Renesio is the most complete of these 2006 Roeros from Malvirà. Deceptively medium in body, the Renesio flows with ripe, juicy cherries, tobacco and spices in a firm style that requires patience. There is a weightless elegance to the Renesio I find compelling and totally engaging. This shows just how elegant Nebbiolo from Roero can be.


Wine Advocate on 2005 vintage

The 2005 Roero Riserva Renesio is the ripest and richest of these three Roeros. The wine’s concentration is impressive, particularly in the way the fruit completely covers the tannins, conveying an impression of near-seamlessness. With time in the glass the wine’s inner perfume emerges, but the Renesio remains a Roero essentially built on a frame of very ripe fruit. Accordingly, it is the most approachable of these 2005 Roeros but the wine’s early accessibility should not compromise its ability to develop positively in bottle. This is another terrific showing from Malvira. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.


Vinous Media on 2005 vintage

The 2005 Roero Riserva Renesio is the ripest and richest of these three Roeros. The wine's concentration is impressive, particularly in the way the fruit completely covers the tannins, conveying an impression of near-seamlessness. With time in the glass the wine's inner perfume emerges, but the Renesio remains a Roero essentially built on a frame of very ripe fruit. Accordingly, it is the most approachable of these 2005 Roeros but the wine's early accessibility should not compromise its ability to develop positively in bottle. This is another terrific showing from Malvirà.

 

Malvira Roero Riserva Trinita DOCG

The Trinità is the most elegant and savory of the three Roero Riservas produced by Malvirà. Perfumes of dried rose, spice, black fruits and mint turn to smoke, iron, tobacco, grilled herbs and strawberry preserves on the palate. Firm, well-balanced tannins lend an indisputable energy and vibrancy to the wine, which will undoubtedly continue to evolve for many years to come.


Wine Advocate on 2016 vintage

The 2016 Roero Riserva Trinità is a lean-bodied wine with light ruby and garnet highlights. The wine shows some pretty fruit tones of cassis and sour cherry, as well as some bitter almond. This Riserva is lean-bodied and easy, with enough structure and acidity to pair with a cheesy lasagna or casserole.


Vinous Media on 2016 vintage

The 2016 Roero Riserva Trinità is wonderfully deep, layered and expressive. Macerated dark cherry, menthol, game, spice, pine, dried flowers and incense build in a virile, imposing Roero loaded with character. I would give the 2016 a year or two in bottle to soften.


Falstaff Magazine on 2015 vintage

Luminous, brilliant ruby red with a gently lightening rust-red edge. Full and profound nose, delicate of rum pot and ripe plums, subtle pepper note, multi-layered. Spreads powerfully on the palate, tightly woven tannins, grippy and present, well integrated, stays on the palate for a long time, powerful in the finish.


Wine Advocate on 2015 vintage

Of these various wines from Malvirà, the 2015 Roero Riserva Trinità is certainly the most complete and integrated. This wine opens to a pretty garnet hue with faded amber highlights. The bouquet is smooth and soft, without the astringent and bitter notes we found in the other wines among these new releases. You can't escape those Nebbiolo tannins, but the wine shows a textured, tightly knit overall approach that works.


International Wine Review on 2015 vintage

Light, earthy notes show on the nose of this lighter bodied Nebbiolo. It offers a soft attack with medium concentration of fruit on the palate and finishes with firm tannins. Needs a little more time in bottle to show its best. Aged 24 months in French oak. The soil of this 14 ha vineyard is made of layers of calcareous clay and sand. The exposition of the vineyard is south and south-west. The Nebbiolo vines are planted on top of the hill while Arneis is planted more towards the bottom.


Vinous Media on 2014 vintage

The 2014 Roero Riserva Trinità is distinguished by its wild, almost feral profile. Some of that is surely the result of the cool, rainy growing season as well. Black cherry, game, licorice, tobacco and spice add character to this decidedly wild Roero from Malvirà.


James Suckling on 2011 vintage

Bright florals such as crushed roses and dried herbs with some gentle spices, too. The tannins are soft and the flavors run pretty ripe, with cherries and plum that lead to a nutty, ripe-tannin finish.



Vinous Media on 2010 vintage

Smoke, iron, tobacco, grilled herbs and expressive red stone fruits hit the palate in the 2010 Roero Riserva Trinità. A spine of firm supporting tannin gives the wine much of its energy and vibrancy. The 2010 is going to need a few years to fully come together, but it shows significant promise. Trinità is the most savory and also the most complete of the three 2010 Riservas. This is terrific showing from Malvirà and proprietor Roberto Damonte.


Wine Spectator on 2010 vintage

A dense, muscular red, unyielding for now, with tightly wound cherry, berry and tobacco flavors. Stays persistent on the finish, showing potential. Best from 2017 through 2024.


Falstaff Magazine on 2009 vintage

Brilliant ruby ​​with a garnet edge. The nose shows notes of plums, raspberries, some peach, fine and balanced. Solid tannin on the palate, sweet fruit, persistent in the back area, supple.


International Wine Review on 2007 vintage

An outstanding Nebbiolo with a bit of age on it. The 2007 Trinita offers an umami nose of mushrooms, herbs, and cloves. The palate is silky smooth with deep, savory flavors that mirror the bouquet. The tannins are still firm and dry, but the wine would pair beautifully with game, specially rabbit and duck.


Vinous Media on 2007 vintage

The 2007 Roero Riserva Trinita opens with beautifully articulated candied cherries, crushed flowers, spices and menthol. This is the most pointed and focused of the estate's three Roeros in 2007. Freshly cut flowers and mint add lift on the energetic finish. This is another terrific showing from Malvira. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.


Wine Advocate on 2007 vintage

The 2007 Roero Riserva Trinita opens with beautifully articulated candied cherries, crushed flowers, spices and menthol. This is the most pointed and focused of the estate's three Roeros in 2007. Freshly cut flowers and mint add lift on the energetic finish. This is another terrific showing from Malvira. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.


Wine Advocate on 2006 vintage

The 2006 Roero Riserva Trinita shows a touch more depth and sweetness in its fruit than the Mombeltramo, with lovely persistence on the palate, and a round, silky finish for a young Nebbiolo. This should be even better in another year or two, but it is already pretty delicious. Sweet red cherries, roses, licorice and smoke linger on the vibrant, polished close. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.


Vinous Media on 2006 vintage

The 2006 Roero Riserva Trinita shows a touch more depth and sweetness in its fruit than the Mombeltramo, with lovely persistence on the palate, and a round, silky finish for a young Nebbiolo. This should be even better in another year or two, but it is already pretty delicious. Sweet red cherries, roses, licorice and smoke linger on the vibrant, polished close. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.


Wine Advocate on 2005 vintage

I am very grateful that Malvirà decided to send me this back vintage, made 15 years ago, because understanding the aging trajectory of these samples is not easy. The 2005 Roero Riserva Trinità—preciously sent to me with plastic wrap to protect its label—shows us the potential of aged Roero. I am impressed. The wine is not totally linear, and in fact, it offers some disjointed tones along the way; but there is a lot of personality with dried blackberry, aniseed, cola, licorice, dried herb and almond. I also get rusty nail and ferrous earth. The tannins are gritty and textured. Tasting this wine was indeed a very special experience.


Vinous Media on 2005 vintage

The 2005 Roero Riserva Trinità is a gorgeous wine redolent of perfumed raspberries, cherries, flowers and sweet spices. Today the tannins are somewhat unresolved, but with some patience the wine should turn in to a gem. The integrity and purity of fruit - not to mention the wine's balance - are all first-class.

 
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