To celebrate the return of Spring to the Mid-Atlantic, Kris and I popped open a bottle of Frascati Superiore. We bought this bottle for $12 at FineWine.com during their French wine tasting blitz (I'll describe this in a separate post). We've also purchased this wine for $12 at Best Cellars in Dupont Circle, Washington, DC (also for $12).
This wine has a great floral nose that just jumps out of the glass at you. You also get hints of honeysuckle and peaches, and that floraly fruit continues on to the taste. It dances across your tongue, with an almost effervescent acidity, and a slightly sweet, almost mineraly finish. This is a great "hot weather wine" - I highly recommend it! We drank it with leftover sandwiches from our lunch at a French bakery - perfect!
A little research reveals that this is an Italian blend of 35% Malvasia di Candia, 35% Malvasia del Lazio, and 30% Bombino. All of these grapes seem mainly confined to Italy, particularly the Puglia region, although they can definitely be found elsewhere. I'd like to provide more interesting tidbits, but I know even less about Italian wines than I do French, so that's all I can add for now. Check back with me in a couple months - hopefully I'll be able to do better!