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Corte dei Papi
Passerina del Frusinate IGP
Lazio

This wine is made mainly with Passerina, a grape variety which is diffused primarily in Marche, Abruzzo, Molise and Lazio. One of the best examples is indeed the IGT Passerina del Frusinate. All Passerinas are characterized by strong notes of ripe citrus and tropical fruit. However, the ones from Abruzzo and Marche tend to be mineral and high in acid, while those of Lazio’s Frusinate are usually softer and creamier, showing some herbal notes.


Owner: Di Cosimo Family
Website: www.cortedeipapi.it
Winemaker: Giancarlo Berti
Type: White wine
Varietals: 85% Passerina, 15% Viognier

Orientation: North-South
Elevation: 300 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 2008
Trellising: Spurred cordon
Soil: Red clay resulting from mountain erosion and volcanic layers

Vinification
Soft pressing of the grapes at controlled temperature of 62°F; constant pumping over and delestage. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 12-15 days at 15° to 18° C.

Aging Process
Six months in stainless steel tanks plus 1 month in the bottle before the release

Tasting Notes
Color: Straw yellow color with greenish reflections
Bouquet: The aroma of this wine is fruity and floral with jasmine scents, intense citrus notes of pink grapefruit and also lychee
Flavor: The taste is fresh and persistent
Pairings: This wine pairs well with pasta dishes with shellfish, mussels, and cockles. It is perfect with grilled or oven-baked fish. It is also great as an aperitif to enjoy with fresh cheeses

Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Serving Temperature: 55°F
Production: 20,000 bottles