Luna Mater Frascati Superiore DOCG 2017

Fontana Candida

Terroir: Select hillside vineyards in the DOCG zone in Frascati and Monteporzio Catone (Lazio, Italy).

Vinification: Handpicked grapes are divided into two lots. One is cooled before pressing to maintain aroma. The other is fermented on the skins in small oak barrels to preserve varietal character. A subsequent harvest, a few days later, adds hand de-stemmed whole grapes to the must to enhance aromas and flavors. The wine is aged in bottle in a naturally cool and humid tufaceous rock cellar.

Additional Information

Bright yellow in color. Intense and complex exotic-fruit aromas. The wine is dry, full flavored, soft and savory, with a lingering ripe-pear and bitter-almond finish.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Lazio
  • Soil: Loose, volcanic soils
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.0 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 50% Malvasia di Candia, 30% Malvasia del Lazio, 10% Greco, 10% Bombino

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
    Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
    "A blend of Malvasia, Greco and Bombino, this opens with aromas of citrus, acacia flower and tropical fruit. The rather straightforward palate offers juicy pineapple and Golden Delicious apple alongside fresh acidity."
  • Score: 89 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
    "The Fontana Candida 2017 Frascati Superiore Riserva Luna Mater is a popular choice, often seen at local trattorie in Rome, that represents a blend of 50% Malvasia Bianca di Candia, 30% Malvasia del Lazio, 10% Greco and 10% Bombino. Following harvest, the grapes are cold soaked at the winery before going through a two-part fermentation. A first batch of grapes is pressed softly and fermented with the skins in small oak barrels. A second part of the fruit is harvested a bit later, destemmed and the whole berries are added to the must of the first batch. This process allows for more aromatic freshness and varietal character. The wine is aged inside a tufo rock cave for one year. This pretty wine opens to pear, summer peach and grapefruit aromas. There are lighter touches of pine nut and almond at the back. Some 15,000 bottles were made."

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