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
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.
With fewer bright lights than neighboring Tuscany, Umbriarsquo;s wine production has centered around the ubiquitous Trebbiano grape. Falseco showcases the potential for Umbrian reds with this youthful Merlot. Dark, opaque garnet color with anise and slightly disguised mushroom aromas waft beneath rich cassis and crushed blackberries. Chewy, well-spiced fruit with excellent length on the finish. In a blind tasting I would have guessed a 2000 Pomerol. Well-structured and cellar worthy; fully appreciate its complex aroma and rich palate after one hour of decanting. Serve with Moroccan lamb, black figs and cous cous steamed in a rich stock.
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.
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 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: 2010-2017. ** SOLD OUT **
Lovely black fruit emerges on the nose, complemented by notes of pencil lead, saddle leather, toasted herbs and a touch of cedar. The tannins are prominent and firm, offering density that marries beautifully with the supple texture and dark fruit on... Alex Shaw. A Merlot wine from Umbria in Italy. 2009 Falesco Merlot dell'Umbria IGT 750ml
Italianate merlot, the grapersquo;s soft, plummy fruit is here filled out with chocolate tannins and a blackberry seed grip. Itrsquo;s not your typical merlot mdash; its much better than most, with structure, grip and intriguing flavors. Most importantly, it feels comfortable, like it has made Umbria its home.
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