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5218 Lawton Avenue
Oakland, CA 94114

510-654-9159

Oliver McCrum Wines has been importing small production Italian wine and distributing to fine retail and restaurant establishes throughout California since 1994. Over time, our portfolio of producers has steadily grown to over 45 producers from 15 different regions of Italy. We look for typical Italian wines with clarity and freshness, usually made from indigenous Italian grape varieties using clean, transparent winemaking techniques and no obvious use of oak. 

Casale Marchese

Yes, it says 'Frascati' on the label, and at one point Frascati typified the problems with Italian white wines: insipid, dull, why bother. Casale Marchese Frascati is entirely another creature: fresh, deliciously drinkable, subtly but distinctly aromatic, perfect everyday white wine. Roman food is the new thing, and this is what you should be drinking with it, particularly at this price.

While the property dates back to the middle ages, the Casale Marchese estate is currently owned by the Carletti family (since 1713); Alessandro and Ferdinando Carletti are the 5th generation making wine. Covering about 120 acres just south of Rome in the Tusculo hills, the family farms mostly olive trees as well as the indigenous grape varieties used to make the local Frascati. Working with 40 year old vines grown in ancient volcanic soils, the Carletti brothers take great care in the vineyard to produce the highest quality DOC Frascati possible.

• Beautiful old estate just outside Rome

• Careful grapegrowing and winemaking: completely transcends the normal Frascati

 Here is a link to their website.

Frascati

• Made entirely of the indigenous varieties Malvasia del Lazio, Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia di Candia, Bonvino, and Bellone

• All stainless steel, no wood, no malolactic fermentation

• Fresh, clean, delicious white wine, perfect aperitif or with light appetisers

• Aroma and flavor of herbs, almond, and white peach