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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Frascati, lazio’s most famous doc, of which it has become regrettably difficult to find examples of ageworthy and complex white wine. Named after the town of Frascati immediately east from Rome, the wine was for centuries based on the local malvasia del Lazio (a cross between muscat of alexandria and schiava Grossa) which imparted a light Muscat note to the wine. Since the 1960s up to 30% of the high yielding trebbiano Toscana could be included, which has diluted its character to that of a rather neutral white for everyday drinking, of which most is absorbed by Rome and its many tourists.