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Fontana Candida Frascati 2000

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    Winemaker Notes

    Color: Brilliant, Translucent

    Aroma: Delicate, slight perfume with distinctive floral aromas

    Taste: Refreshing, dry, clean and crisp

    Food Suggestions: Serve chilled with salads, pasta, veal, chicken and mild seafood dishes.

    Alcohol: 12% by volume The grapes for this dry, clean wine are grown in the porous, volcanic soils located in the Frascati commune near Rome. Rich in potassium, this soil produces plump, flavorful grapes. Fontana Candida is the only Frascati producer that uses cold filtration and cold bottling to preserve the wine's flavor and clarity.

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    Fontana Candida, Italy
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    Where the most ancient history meets the most modern trends and tastes, here is positioned Fontana Candida. The name of a cellar which is the most authentic and refined expression of the wine tradition of Latium and of Rome, places which join together age-old elegance with energy, poetry and vitality. Here, in the land of culture and delight are born wines famous and loved throughout the world, first of all Frascati.

    For fifty years Fontana Candida has been undisputed protagonist of the diffusion and success of Frascati world-wide. Its main mission has always been the enhancement of this denomination, the true wine patrimony of the Roman land, with an enormous quality potential, partly still to be explored.

    The freshness and the personality of the wines of Fontana Candida, products of particularly acclaimed vineyards and outstanding expertise, embody very well the life-style and the richness of history and of traditions typical of the area which they belong to, known and enjoyed throughout the world.

    Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture that is virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes are grown just about everywhere throughout the country—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The defining geographical feature of the country is the Apennine Mountain range, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south. The island of Sicily nearly grazes the toe of Italy’s boot, while Sardinia lies to the country’s west. Climate varies significantly throughout the country, with temperature being somewhat more dependent on elevation than latitude, though it is safe to generalize that the south is warmer. Much of the highest quality viticulture takes place on gently rolling, picturesque hillsides.

    Italy boasts more indigenous varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but their use is declining in popularity, especially as younger growers begun to take interest in rediscovering forgotten local specialties. Sangiovese is the most widely planted variety in the country, reaching its greatest potential in parts of Tuscany. Nebbiolo is the prized grape of Piedmont in the northwest, producing singular, complex and age-worthy wines. Other important varieties include Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola, and of course, Pinot Grigio.

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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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