Sample submitted for review. SRP of $10 and available for as little as $6.
From the bottle:
"In the hills near Rome are areas of volcanic soil over 2,000 years old. Here the grapes for Frascati are grown. Frascati has a delicate bouquet of wildflowers and fruit. Its characteristic taste is fresh and distinctive, with just a hint of almond. To enjoy Fontana Candida Frascati to its fullest, serve slightly chilled (55 Degrees) to heighten the fruit and the wine's crispness. Fontana Candida Frascati is a delightful complement to seafood, poultry and other light entrees.
Frascati is an ancient and renowned white wine growing region in Lazio, Italy. Located in the central part of Italy, Frascati wines have been consumed by the Romans for centuries and still remain one of the most popular white wines in this area. This was my first time sampling one of these wines, and much like the Grechetto I reviewed earlier this week (Arnaldo Caprai Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani 2011 - An Intriguing Italian White) I'm quite surprised we don't see more of these wines here in the States. After all, what's not to like about an Italian wine that is tasty, extremely affordable and quite food friendly?
The 2011 Fontana Candida Frascati Superiore begins with light, pleasant aromas of apples, a little lemon, floral notes and just a whiff of grassiness. The wine tastes light, fresh and crisp with a bit of a chalky texture. The primary flavors are citrus, a little peach and pear plus that bit of grassiness from the bouquet carries over. Thanks to some good acidity, this light-to-medium-bodied wine would be a nice match for seafood and chicken dishes. It ends with citrus notes that turn a bit zesty on the long finish.
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