Falesco Merlot Lazio IGT Montiano 2001
"Red Wine Italian Red by Falesco from Southern Italy, Italy. The 2001 Montiano, 100% Merlot, offers the luxuriously sweet and expansive nose which has always characterized the wine. Full of plum, raspberry, and dark chocolate scents, along with a dense, deep, and velvety palate, it is full and round, with... "
Penetrating and intense ruby red. The nose quickly gives up heavenly aromas, we have loads of plum here with touches of chocolate and coffee and well as dark berries, the nose profile continues onto the palate, the wine is wonderfully fruity and has a nice mouth feel, great tannins and a smooth and satisfying finish. Classy. 92 Points
External Reviews for Falesco Merlot Lazio IGT Montiano
This is a tour de force in winemaking, compliments of the brilliant Italian oenologist, Riccardo Cotarella, who is also the proprietor of this estate's 30-acre vineyard. The 1996 Montiano (100% Merlot) was bottled unfined and unfiltered, after aging in French oak casks. Sadly, there was only 500 cases produced. It boasts an opaque purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of blackberry liqueur intermingled with smoke, pain grillé, and chocolate. Full-bodied and thick, with a voluptuous texture, layered richness, superb purity, and a finish that lasts over 30 seconds, this is a profoundly concentrated and complex Merlot to drink now, and over the next 10-15 years.
The 2005 Montiano (Merlot) is a very pretty, accessible version of this wine with an elegant expression of dark fruit, sweet herbs and toasted oak. To be sure the 2005 is a slender Montiano but what it lacks in concentration it more than makes up for with superb drinkability. This is a beautifully balanced wine to drink now and over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2013.
Deep ruby color. Restrained aromas of dark berries, plum, chocolate, coffee, menthol and nutty oak. Fat, supple and rich, with smooth, moderately sweet plummy flavors and strong extract. Really expands on the finish, which features fine dusty tannins and lovely sweetness.
A sexy and very polished Italian red. Dark, with mint, cherry, tobacco and vanilla. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, fruity, minty aftertaste. Pure Merlot. Drink now through 2005.
Gorgeous aromas of blackberry, coffee, and currant follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a ripe fruit finish. Very good indeed. Pure Merlot. A solid Montiano, though I like the 2000 better. Best after 2006.
Cotarella's flagship wine, his 100% Merlot called Montiano, is aged in 100% new oak casks for 12 months, and bottled with neither fining nor filtration. The terrific opaque purple-colored 1998 Montiano exhibits a spectacular bouquet of black cherry liqueur, licorice, and toasty vanillin. The wine explodes on the palate, offering copious quantities of glycerin, cassis, black cherries, and blackberries. As it sits in the glass, aromas and flavors of melted chocolate and toasty oak emerge. The finish lasts for 40+ seconds. This 1998 should drink well for 10-15 years. Bravo!
A well-crafted Merlot with berry, cherry and raspberry character and big, velvety tannins. Full-bodied. Long finish. A beauty. Best after 2002.