It's another cheap wine of the week Thursday. What can I say? Wednesday escaped me. This week's wine comes from our handy dandy case special that was highlighted last week.
Now, you may know that I am not always a big white fan. But for summers of high heat and humidity, I tend to make exceptions. There's something very refreshing about the glass of wine you're drinking to sweat big drops of water all over your shirt because it's so much cooler than the ambient air. And I know that it's perfectly acceptable to chill some reds, but those reds tend to be on the lighter side of the spectrum and I'm not a big fan of lighter spectrum reds, so oh well for me.
Anyway, this week's white is the Conte Jacopo Frascati Superiore. It is distributed by the same company that brought us last week's Montepulciano, Casata Merge. I have never had a Frascati before, so I didn't know what to expect. With a little help, I learned that Frascati is a white wine very much associated with the city of Rome. This blend can be made made sweet or dry, still or sparkling. The major varietal is Malvasia biance di Candia along with a mixture of other grapes that make each Frascati unique. So, armed with a little bit more info, we were ready to taste this one!
It was lovely. Very fruit forward, but not sweet, much more on the citrus side. A little mineraly on the finish, but just enough to give you a crispness, not enough to make you pucker. This was reminiscent of a good Pinot Grigio, to give you an idea of the flavor profiles. It would be great paired with a light pasta or a seared fish or (as we had it) some homemade pizza.
I'm guessing this is not a super-readily available wine, but if you come across a Frascati of any sort, I would encourage you to try it. It's not amazingly amazing, but it's worth the experience. And, apparently, if you are in Rome ever then this is what you'll be drinking on the white side, so try a bottle now so you can be prepared!
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