Pallavicini Frascati 2016
When you sit down for lunch in a casual bistro in Rome, and you ask for a glass of dry white, they typically bring you a glass of fresh, local Frascati, the white wine of Lazio. Produced for 1,000+ years in vineyards surrounding Rome, Frascati is a blend of Greco, Malvasia, Bombino and Trebbiano. This Frascati is made from old vines planted in 1982-1997 by the Pallavacini family who handpick the grapes and preserve the fresh charm and delight of Frascati. A classic match with seafood antipasto, clams, artichokes, fava beans or salted cod, you may pair with salads, cheeses and white fish in lieu of Pinot Grigio.
The Principe Pallavicini winery was established by one of Italy’s oldest noble families. With over 300 years of viticultural experience, the family focuses on the development of the winemaking business in order to produce wines of impeccable quality in the Lazio terroir. Principe Pallavicini represents the largest, private estate in Frascati. Of the 208 acres of vineyards at their Colonna (Pasolina and Marmorelle) and Cerveteri holdings, 133 acres are dedicated to the cultivation of white varietals for the production of Frascati DOCG. In-depth knowledge of the land has led to identifying the best vineyards, and after careful study and experimentation conducted in the field and in the cellar, these vineyards are producing increasingly more refined and enjoyable wines with their own outstanding personality.
The team of agronomist Mauro de Angelis, winemaker Carlo Ferrini and resident winemaker Carlo Roveda controls every aspect of production, from cultivation to bottling. Great efforts are taken to maintain the rich character of each varietal. Careful selection, chilled transportation and tailored vinification techniques ensure that the final wines have the bright, nuanced personality of the varietals that went into them.
Wine Spectator This light- to medium-bodied white is balanced, offering a distinctive tang of salinity framing creamy flavors of poached pear, chopped almond and chamomile. Drink now. 16,667 cases made.