Vinous Reverie Notes
Importer: De' Notari is the "artisanal" wine division of Cantine San Marco, which is a very successful and respected wine producer in the Colli Albani hills about 15 miles south of Rome. While that may sound quite close to a major metropolitan area, somehow most major cities in Europe have avoided the ever spreading suburban sprawl that is so common in the U.S. that gobbles up as much nearby land as possible. In any case, the Colli Albani is probably much more suitable for viticulture than for housing developments as it is rolling hills that are the remains of a massive ancient volcano. And so, in my ever present search for minerally wines, I am very happy to have found this very interesting producer so close to Rome. The Rome wine market is also quite interesting as Lazio wine producers appear to be very successful and comfortable with a large and wine thirsty population close by. In such a market, many producers still emphasize quantity over quality but I found everything that I encountered in my contact with De' Notari personnel to be impressive in terms of their dedication to producing very high quality wines.
This is a blend of 70% Trebbiano and 30% Malvasia from vineyards south of Rome in the Frascati DOCG. Tasting Notes: Aromas include white flowers, wildflower honey, linden, and hints of cherries and ripe strawberries. Flavors include honeydew melon and white peaches. There is medium body with perfect balance as the wine saturates your palate along with having refreshing acidity on the finish. Food pairings: would include sea bass, swordfish, halibut, shrimp, clams, mussels, seafood pasta and salads, seafood and vegetable fritto misto, veal, pork, chicken, light pasta dishes, Asian pork and chicken stir frys, Asian noodle dishes and vegetable salads, and mild cheeses.