Borgo del Cedro Frascati Superiore
Wine name:Borgo del Cedro Frascati Superiore
Appellation:FRASCATI SUPERIORE DOCG
Zone:Monte Porzio Catone (Rome)
Vineyard extension (hectares):5
Blend:Malvasia del Lazio, Malvasia di Candia and Trebbiano
Vineyard age (year of planting):
Altitude:200 meters above sea level minimum
Colour:Straw yellow with greenish reflections
Nose:Intense, elegant, delicate citrus, yellow apple, acacia flower notes
Flavour:Intense, flavourful, well balanced and supple
Serving temperature (°C):10-12
Match with:Raw fish, fish dishes, hors d'oeuvres, eggs, soups, pasta dishes of the Roman cuisine, pizza and white meat dishes
Average no. bottles/year:40,000
Vineyard density: 4,000 vines/hectare. Grape yield: 2.3 kilograms/vine. The harvest takes place from the second week of September till mid October.
Vinification and ageing
Soft pressing of whole clusters, cold decanting of the must, fermentation with temperature control (16-18 degrees C), at the end of fermentation the wine is immediately cooled at 10 degrees C. The wine is stirred together with the lees for about a month. The wine is then stabilized at -2 degrees C for a week and microfiltered before being bottled at a low temperature.
Address:Via del Bosco 6 00040 Monteporzio Catone - Roma
Owner:Lorenzo and Fulvia Costantini
Year of establishment:2007
Total annual production:50000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):5
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.2ha Grechetto 1.5ha Malvasia del Lazio 1.8ha Malvasia di Candia 1.5ha Trebbiano Toscano
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:the aisles (between the rows of vines) are tilled
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable
Harvest period:mid September-mid October
Although we successfully worked with the wines of Villa Simone for over a decade, we decided to follow Piero Costantini’s nephew and winemaker Lorenzo when he purchased, with his wife Fulvia, a small estate in Monte Porzio, one of the oldest areas of wine production in Frascati. The limited production, just 50,000 bottles, and the fact that Lorenzo is concentrating all his efforts and talents in the production of his own wines, convinced us to include his azienda agricola in our selection.
Lorenzo graduated at the Istituto di San Michele all’Adige (one of the best schools in Italy for viticulture and oenology) and worked as director of the famous Tenuta Ca’ Bolani in Friuli and then for his family’s estate in Frascati.
Lorenzo and Fulvia’s vineyards stand in a zone where the historical estates of Frascati are located as the altitude (350 meters above sea level) and a perfect exposure make it ideal for viticulture: in fact the high temperature during the day and the cool nights favour aromas, while the volcanic/clayey soil, rich in minerals, and in potassium in particular, makes the wines particularly sapid. The azienda is tiny, the vineyard extension is only 5 hectares, sustainable practices are followed and only sulphur and copper base products are used.
Lorenzo makes a lovely and elegant Frascati Superiore (DOCG from the 2012 vintage), a supple and fruity IGT/proprietary red (a blend of mainly Sangiovese, Cesanese and Montepulciano) and a white IGT/proprietary wine (a blend of Sauvignon and Malvasia del Lazio.
The IGT/proprietary wines are made from the grapes of vineyards standing in the Maremma Laziale (province of Latina). The vineyards are in a lovely position facing the sea. The soil here is clayey and, although the climate can get very warm, the area has an excellent ventilation. The grapes are then vinified at a local winery for which Lorenzo consults.