Friday, October 15, 2010
Wines of Lazio: Frascati Superiore
Terre del Casale
Frascati is the white wine most often consumed by the Romans, and most of its production makes its way down the hills of the Castelli Romani to be consumed in the trattoria and osteria of Rome. Typically in Lazio winemakers make wines for quantity over quality, so there are many mediocre Frascati bottles out there, but there is hope. There are a number of producers that are making great Frascati wines that evoke both the fertility of the land and the aromas of the grapes used. Frascati does not need to be a boring and tasteless wine at all. Casale Mattia is making great wines from organic grapes and a combination of modern and traditional winemaking. They use all natural methods in their wine making process including natural yeasts instead of GMO yeasts.
I tasted a 2008 Casale Mattia Frascati Superiore called “Terre Del Casale.” I quite enjoyed it, thug I feel that most Frascati are best when consumed in their first year. Visually, I could tell it had a bit if age(for a Frascati), as it was darkening. It was a very crystalline hay yellow with moderate consistency with average arches. The hay color had a bit of golden hue in it as well. It had very intense aromas that were clean and crisp which were suggestive of citrus such as grapefruit, lemons, and limoncello. Underneath all that was the aroma I most associate with a Frascati, apricot. It also had undertones of citrus flowers, fresh cut grass, shell like minerals, and fragrant bread. On the palate it was medium bodied, dry to off dry, very fresh, silky, and with a long mineral finish which came directly from the volcanic soil the vines are planted in. I enjoyed every sip, and think it is a perfect white wine for the spring and summer, but even in the cooler months when we start to make soups. The aromatic qualities would pair perfectly with a warm minestrone or vegetable risotto.