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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.
Love this wine. Rich and full-bodied wine.
Tannic, but nice. Dark, acidic but balanced. Big. Dusty. Ager. $40
External Reviews for Falesco Merlot Lazio IGT Montiano
Deep ruby-red in color with sensual aromas of blackberry, tobacco and vanilla, which carry through on the palate into a lingering finish. Full-bodied and velvety.
No question, but this has been the best Italian produced Merlot over the last 3ndash;4 vintages. Falescorsquo;s Umbrian Merlot is ripe and full, scented with new oak, berry and chocolate, and bursting with spicy flavors with a distinctly Italian edge.
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.
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.
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.
The 2004 Merlot Pesano was aged five months in small barrels prior to being released. Cotarella is a wizard when it comes to Merlot. This deep ruby/purple-hued effort reveals scents of roasted coffee beans, blackberries, spice box, and a hint of white chocolate. Dense, soft, and everything a Merlot should be, it tastes like a Merlot priced 2ndash;3 times higher. Enjoy it over the next several years.
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