This month Frascati Superiore by Castel de Paolis is featured in Food & Wine, and to celebrate we’re taking 10% off this classic white from Lazio! In the October issue of the magazine, wine editor Ray Isle, examines the misconceptions surrounding Frascati, and discovers that this popular local wine can be much more rewarding than its reputation suggests.
On a visit to the Castel de Paolis winery, Isle describes the top-class Frascati as “fragrant and lithe…[with] the scent of white flowers and the flavor of white peaches.”
Though Lazio may not be as revered in winemaking terms as Tuscany, Piedmont or Veneto, wines from the region’s Frascati DOC have long been legend in Rome, and this classic white is still a favorite among residents of the Eternal City, as well as its legions of visitors. Castel de Paolis, located in the hills of Grottaferrata just south of the capital, is among a handful of producers in Lazio who are reshaping the image of wines from the Castelli Romani, producing bottles to rival those from Italy’s more celebrated winemaking regions.
Winemaker Fabrizio Santarelli took the basic Frascati formula and amped it up by using the kinds of meticulous viticultural methods common to more prestigious appellations. Based on Malvasia and Trebbiano, as per the regulations of the DOC, Fabrizio has added several other native varieties for extra depth, including Bonvino and Cacchione.
In addition to Frascati’s latest press attention, Santarelli’s other white blend, Donna Adriana, is currently available on board Alitalia flights — further proof that Castel de Paolis is flying high.
Castel de Paolis Frascati Superiore 2008
was $22, now $19.80
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