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Fontana Candida Luna Mater Frascati Superiore Secco 2011

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Luna Mater Frascati sets a new standard for Rome's most renowned white wine. As mystifying and enigmatic as its namesake, Mother Moon, it refl ects the wine's close ties to nature and its vineyards with an average age of 50 years. A blend of indigenous white varietals, it is a tribute to the tradition of the region yet crafted with contemporary winemaking technique. The label, designed by Roman artist Domenico Bianchi graphically conveys the unique beauty and mystery of this wine.

Bright yellow in color. The bouquet is intense with exotic-fruit aromas. Dry; full flavored, soft and savory, with a lingering ripe-pear and bitter-almond finish. This wine is ideal with seafood, white meats and pasta dishes.

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Medium-bodied and compact, this serious white layers firm green melon, spicy Anjou pear, salted butter and citrus zest notes on a fresh, chalky frame.
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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.

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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes grow in every region throughout the country—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean. Naturally, most Italian regions enjoy a Mediterranean climate and a notable coastline, if not coastline on all borders, as is the case with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

The Alps in the northern regions of Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy and Alto Adige as examples, create favorable conditions for cool-climate varieties, while the Apennine Mountains, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south, affect climate, grape variety and harvest periods throughout. Considering its variable terrain and conditions, it's still safe to say that most high quality viticulture in Italy takes place on 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 are declining in popularity, especially as younger growers take interest in reviving local varieties. Most important are Sangiovese, reaching its greatest potential in Tuscany and Nebbiolo, the prized grape of Piedmont, producing single varietal, age-worthy wines. Other important varieties include Corvina, Montepulciano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course the whites, Pinot Grigio and Trebbiano. The list goes on.

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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 enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in 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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