Every now and then I wish I was in Rome, sitting at a pavement café watching modern life rush by whilst the evidence of centuries of bustle surrounds me. The best I can do at home is rustle up some gnocchi and open up a bottle of Frascati.
I have a bottle of Fontana Candida Frascati Superiore 2005. This comes from Italy’s biggest wine corporation, Gruppo Italiano Vini, who own brands like Melini and Santi. It also comes from 2005, the year I cycled to Rome, so it has an emotional pull.
It’s bright and pale with just a hint of yellow. It smells fresh and floral, with a touch of fruit and a hint of peach stones. The only thing missing is the whiff of diesel fumes. It’s dry with a refreshing acidity, light in body and intensity.
It tastes floral and soft with apples and a slight bitterness which balances the wine wonderfully. At 12% it’s easy drinking. For £5 or £6 this is a good example of typical Frascati.