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Frascati wine of De Sanctis from a winery in a volcanic lake drained

De Sanctis Cantina

The family De Sanctis has a tradition in viticulture Lazio since 1816 have their news in this spectacular world, and it was this passion to re-start a company from scratch, after their original lands arranged in the vicinity of the ‘Hospital Tor Vergata, were expropriate to give rise to one of the many monsters building, the subject of speculation that grips the city of Rome forever.
Today it is Pope Luigi, his son Francis who is also the winemaker and his other son Andrew, who helps his father in the business, the engine of this company.
They chose an area in the foothills Agro Tuscolano, near Frascati here within a volcanic lake drained in the seventeenth century, the former Lake Regillo, have built the winery that is giving them a lot of satisfaction.

Luigi De Sanctis

Inside the crater, between walls and a temple dedicated to Juno, placed between two large trees, they are cultivated vineyards Guyot double, with an average age of 35-40 years and extension of 10 hectares, 3 others are run in surroundings. 95% are white grapes, Malvasia dotted, Bombino, buxom and Malvasia of Candia, for we find in 5% cabernet franc, which we have mentioned before, with vineyards that have just five years of life.
In the vineyard becomes a certified organic, with manual harvest, soft pressing in the absence of oxygen and yeast used in wine are selected.
The total production is 50,000 bottles per year, with the second pressing is done the bulk wine, which to tell the truth looks good absolutely.
he cellar consists of a large tasting room overlooking the vineyards, where visitors are greeted by a mail room below street level where they mature red wines and another large room where they see the light white wines, it has a plant geothermal wanted by Luigi De Sanctis from the beginning so that we exploited the soil temperature for the air conditioning of the cellar and the cooling of the silos where the frascati born through the use of clean energy at low costs.

scheme of the geothermal

This facility consists of 2.5 km of pipes placed at 5m below ground, allows the exploitation of the heat of the earth’s crust and the fact that the holding is located in an old volcanic crater extinct amplifies the yield, but the intuition or the recklessness of this man was that he had wanted to plant on that plant the vineyard of cabernet franc.

old vineyards

I wonder and of course around the question whether this anomalous situation can create a microclimate that over time will benefit the plants and consequently the wine, this frankly do not even know him, the intention was also to save energy and at the same time to experiment, take a new road and only with the passage of years they will see the benefits or disadvantages.
To date, the only thing that we can see are beautiful plants and a wine that gets better and better
even considering the youth of the system, therefore, “if they are roses bloom.”
We speak of the wines tasted:

Frascati  496  doc 2014 


Frascati 496 Doc 2014 – malvasia di Candia and Trebbiano Toscano
20,000 bottles produced – 12th – € 9.00
the nose notes of white flowers, broom and a smoky note on the palate fresh with a nice minerality and sapidity with a good structure

Abelos 2014


Abelos 2014 – Malvasia dotted 80%, Bombino Bianco 20%
18,000 bottles produced – 13th – € 11.50
nose white flowers, elegant and balanced in the mouth, with a touch of mineral and citrus, with a final note smoked

 Amacos 2014


Amacos 2014 Frascati reserves, sample tank, – Malvasia dotted 80% – 20% white bombino
2,500 bottles produced – 13th – € 16.00
speak wine Abelos that six months ago Wood 2nd step, the wine goes into wood after fermentation, nose yellow flowers, saffron and vanilla in the mouth known nocciolata and citrus, all in a great acidity and flavor careful , consider that we are talking about a still young wine not yet on the market, we look forward to

Juno 2014 – Cabernet Franc 100%
3,600 bottles produced – 13th – € 16.00
a wine that is still young but with good potential, the nose there is a strong vegetal notes in the mouth are left with minerality and sapidity, smooth wine with a tanino not aggressive, a little decomposed.

Diciassette  undici 2014 


Seventeen eleven 2014 – cannellino – malvasia pimpled, Trebbiano and Grechetto
2,700 bottles produced
late harvest only when you notice the Botris on the berries, its absence does not make this wine, the withering of branches in the sun for 40 days, is vinified in November in steel fermentation then light wood
nose white flowers and honey in the mouth a citrus note overlaps with that sweet, it has a nice acidity although a little lighter.
Daniele Moroni

de Sanctis
Via Pietra Porzia n. 50
tel 340 3962771

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