100% Merlot from Umbria, Italy.
SRP of $18 and available for as low as $12. 150,000 bottles produced. Imported by Winebow.
From the bottle:
"Falesco wines mirror my philosophy of striking a balance between traditional and contemporary wine making styles. The picturesque setting and exposure of the hillside Umbrian vineyards, with perfectly draining volcanic soil, provide ideal ripening conditions. Falesco Merlot (100%) is rich in color and texture with dark fruit aromas that follow through to a silky, soft palate with spicy notes and a well balanced, lingering finish. It is a perfect accompaniment to lamb, red meats, grilled or with sauces, hearty pasta dishes and aged cheeses. -- Riccardo Cotarella, winemaker.
The effect of the movie Sideways on Merlot sales has been well noted, but now, 10 years later can we finally get past the stigma? Not all Merlot is great, but some of it can be absolutely delicious and I'm here to tell you there's absolutely no reason you shouldn't be drinking it. Take for example these beauties:
- Chateau Des Landes Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2010 - More Marvelous Merlot From Bordeaux.
- Emiliana Natura Merlot 2011 - Naturally Good.
- Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde 2010 - Merlot With Moxie.
- Wild Horse Central Coast Merlot 2010 - Wildly Good.
Today we're featuring another excellent Merlot, this time from Italy. The 2010 Falesco Merlot Umbria begins with very pleasant aromas of blackberry, plum, vanilla, violets, black pepper and spice. It needs a couple hours to open up but then it really shines showing silky, juicy black cherry flavors, wonderful spice, black pepper notes and hints of tobacco. This is a really well structured wine with good acidity. It ends with a long finish featuring mouth-drying tannins and more delicious dark fruit. Yes it's 100% Merlot and yes it's delicious. Just drink it!
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