Ode to Rome

Fontana Candida, Frascati DOC, Superiore, Secco 2006 There’s a light sense of herbs and flowers in the nose and melons after about 15 minutes. The mouth is rather light on flavor and acidity with a bit of heat. Bottled in Monteporzio Catone 12.5% $7.69 at Bottle Barn Fontana Candida

Castel de Paolis, Frascati DOC Superiore 2005 The last time I tasted this vintage, over a year ago, it was very crisp and clean and less expensive by a third. Today in the fall of 2008, the fruit is falling out of the nose but there’s still great concentration of flavor in the mouth – a sense of candied fruit that goes on a long time. All organically grown grapes. P&B in Grottaferrata 13% $35 (up from $25) at Traverso’s Castel de Paolis

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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