Grew on me as I progressed.
This wine should come with a bare-bones label that says "Italian Dry Red Wine". It is unmistakingly Italian and really has no other profile. Almost zero fruit. Could help from cellaring but at this price point I think it's just generic vino.
richer than most merlots. nice
Tasted anonymous and monotone ... nothing really standing out.
A steal for $12. Aromas of coffee and bacon fat. Flavors of cherry, blackberry, and freshly roasted coffee beans with a smoky finish. Great job, very distinctive.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Falesco Merlot Lazio IGT Montiano
This wine emanates from the home estate of Italyrsquo;s oenologist, Riccardo Cotarella. A 100% Merlot aged in French oak and bottled unfiltered, the 1998 Merlot I.G.T. exhibits an impressively saturated ruby/purple color in addition to rich blackberry/cherry notes interspersed with vanillin, tobacco, and spice. It is medium to full-bodied and dense, with great fruit purity and a layered texture. Most New World Merlots of this quality level sell for $50 or more a bottle. Drink it over the next 5ndash;6 years.
The opaque purple-colored 2000 Merlot dellrsquo;Umbria spent five months in French oak (30% new and 70% used once). It possesses an opaque purple color as well as a big, thick perfume of chocolate, mocha, blackberries, and cherry liqueur. Medium to full-bodeid and ripe, with low acidity and sweet tannin, this unfined, unfiltered, classy, concentrated red will drink beautifully over the next 4ndash;5 years.
The stylish 2006 Merlot reveals super-ripe dark fruit, chocolate, cassis, and blackberries on a warm, ample frame, showing notable intensity as well as vitality on the palate. It is another incredible value from Riccardo Cotarella. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2010.
hellip;a sumptuous, thick, juicy, dark ruby/purple-colored wine with terrific fruit intensity and purity (gobs of black cherry, berry, and mocha notes), medium to full body, a silky texture and a lush, heady finish that lasts for more than 30 seconds. This unfined, unfiltered Merlot, made from low yields, can be drunk now because of its succulent personality, but it will age well for 7ndash;8 yearshellip; from one of Italyrsquo;s genius winemakers/oenologists, Riccardo Cotarella.
An extremely intense, amazing bargain, the 2005 Merlot Pesano (100% Merlot aged 5ndash;6 months in barrel) exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue, and fleshy, concentrated, black cherry, cassis, smoke, herb, and mocha aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied, concentrated, unbelievably low-priced red is too good to be true. It should be drunk within 2ndash;3 years of release. Kudos to Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella for continuing to deliver remarkable wines at these prices.
The 2009 Merlot is one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Falesco. It is a decidedly firm, vibrant Merlot that stands in stark contrast to the super-ripe, obvious Vitiano Rosso. Here the fruit is wonderfully precise and elegant. Jammy blueberries, blackberries, cinnamon, leather and crushed rocks are woven into a beautiful fabric. The French oak is layered very nicely, adding depth and flavor, but never overpowering the wine. This is impressive juice from proprietor Riccardo Cotarella. Anticipated maturity: 2010ndash;2017.
Another spectacular buy is the 2001 Merlot dellrsquo;Umbria. Aged five months in oak, and bottled with neither fining nor filtration, this dense ruby/purple-colored offering exhibits a big, sweet nose of cigar smoke, mocha, black cherry liqueur, and vanilla. Supple, ripe, and heady, it is a luscious, medium to full-bodied, hedonistic Merlot fruit bomb to drink during its first 4ndash;5 years of life.
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