Casata Mergè Beatrice Falanghina, 2016, Lazio IGT, Italy
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A venerated Italian grape + a venerated Italian lady (Beatrice guided Dante through Paradise).
Falanghina may have been the grape that made Falernian wine: THE tipple of choice for the Ancient Roman wine buff. Now it's underrepresented and under appreciated, but this bright yellow marvel might change opinions. Full of citrus fruit, with briny mineral notes. Beatrice guided Dante through Paradise once he was done messing around in the Underworld. Let this bottle take you somewhere new.
On the border between Frascati and Monte Porzio Catone, in an area so picturesque the ancient Romans used to holiday there, live the disgustingly photogenic Mergè family. They treat the land they live on and their viticulture heritage as a precious gift, and try to create wines that respect and reflect that gift. The fact that the land is perfect for supporting old (like, century-old) vines helps a lot with that, but no one could deny that the secret is the hard work all three generations of the Mergè family put in.