1980-04 April Classic Newsletter


From the wine growing district of Lazio (Latium) in central Italy, we bring you the favorite wine of Rome. The vineyards producing the wine are located in the Castelli Romani, near the town of Frascati, to the north of Lake Albano. The soil is mainly vol­canic. Wine known as Frascati has been produced since Renaissance times, when the Popes and Cardinals made the Alban Hills their summer residence. This good example of Frascati is produced and estate bottled by Count Zandotti, who is a small but leading producer of wine in this region. Count Pandolfini is the negociant.

Frascati comes in three types: dry, semi sweet (amabile), and sweet(cannel­lino). The dry type is best known in Italy and abroad. Our featured wine is of the dry type, and is made from species of the Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes. It is usually distinctly golden in color, with a pleasing aroma. Light and luscious, it is produced by each winemaker to his own style, showing the design and character of the winemaker in it. Like most white wines from Italy, it is best when very young and fresh, yet it is bold enough to withstand travel, and arrives overseas very sound.

Frascati Zandotti has a golden color, with a light characteristic nose. It is bold, yet light bodied, slightly tart and flavorful. It has a typical Frascati residual taste that blends particularly with shellfish. Serve chilled as a dry aperitif or with seafood.

$3.99/fifth $43.09/case


Rutherford Hill winery came into being when the Freemark Abbey winery partners and some Napa Valley growers decided to purchase the Souverain of Rutherford winery in 1976. The high standards of the parent group have been introduced and maintained to produce good wines at prices that make sense. Located on a hillside east of Rutherford, and overlooking the Napa Valley, the winery building is architecturally interesting. Designed to look like a barn, it houses completely modern automated crushing, fermentation, ageing, and bottling facilities. It has a tree shaded picnic area for visitors, and is a worthwhile stop when you are in the Napa area. Phil Baxter is winemaker.

The Merlot grape is primarily grown in the districts of Pomerol and St. Emilion, in Bordeaux, France. Most all of the red wines from these regions are made predominantly from this grape. In recent years, California vintners have experimented and produced some excellent wines using Merlot as a varie­tal offering. Previously, the grape was used as a blend for Cabernet Sauvignon varietals. Our winemakers have succeed­ed in matching some of the great Pomerols and St. Emilions. Wine made primarily with Merlot grapes can have a velvety body, with a "fatness" that is luscious and soft.

Rutherford Hill Merlot 1977 is made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvugnon. It is an intense wine with full varietal flavor. The color is deep red. It has a full nose and a soft velvety taste. The flavor lingers and would be a great accompaniment to a hearty beef dish. serve at room temperature.

$7.00/fifth $75.60/case

The CELLARMASTER Wine of the Month Club

The Cellarmaster Wine of the Month Club is a unique and enjoyable way to taste and learn about many of the fine wines currently available.

When you become a member, you will receive each month: one red wine selection for the month, one white wine selection for the month (rarely, a rose instead of the red or white), and an information newsletter describing the wines and their origins. One wine will be a domestic, the other an import, and both bottles will be full fifths. This sequence will alternate the following month. The total cost for both bottles will never exceed $10.00 plus sales tax and shipping costs of $1.75.

Membership also carries the privilege of purchasing wines from previous selections (as available) at members reorder prices which show discounts from 10% to 25%

For free membership information: Write to: The CELLARMASTER Wine of the Month Club (Dept. N) Post Office Box 217 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274 Or Call: (213) 378-8998