Casale Marchese 2011 Frascati Superiore

While in Rome we decided to take a tour out to this winery. The wine is pale in color with a minerally nose. On the mid pallet this is a smooth crisp dry white wine. Some nice citrus notes. On the lighter side of a medium length finish the wine has some nice lingering minerality. This would be a very food friendly wine. I would give it an 88-89. Sadly not available in the LCBO. But you can get it from their local rep Small Wine Makers for $16.60 sold in cartons of 12x750ml, minimum order is one case. Pitty.

From the winery’s web site:
Grapes: malvasia del Lazio, trebbiano toscano, malvasia di Candia, bonvino, bellone

Vineyards: Casale Marchese winery estate; spur-trained vines on soils of volcanic origin. Vine density per hectare: 4,000. Average grape yield per plant is 2kg.

Production method: hand-picked in 15kg cases. Gentle grape pressing and selection of different must fractions. Static clarification and separation of dregs. Addition of selected yeasts. Temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation (about one week). Cold tartaric stabilization in December. Bottled in several batches from January to June. Ready for sale one month from first bottling.

Nose profile: hints of tropical fruit are immediate, nuanced with light, herby floral notes.

Palate profile: a zesty wine, that is robust, with a soft, elegant, mouthfilling finish. Frascati should always be consumed before the next harvest starts. Casale Marchese Frascati is very drinkable even as early as February-March, but it comes into its own as summer approaches, enhanced by a brief stay in the bottle.

Food pairing: excellent aperitif, with fish recipes, meat and fish carpaccios, pizza, fresh goat cheese.

Technical Notes
Alcohol: 13.5% Residual sugars: 00g/l Total acidity: 5.5g/l pH: 3.45 Total extract: 24g/l Bottle: 750ml/350ml

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