Country: Italy Region: Lazio Vintage: 2015
Category: White Wine Color: White
"This producer, owned and run by fabled winemaker Riccardo Cotarella and his brother Renzo, was in the first Liberty list in 1997. The wines illustrate the impressive jump up in quality that Falesco has made over the past two decades during their conversion from merchant to estate, and reveals what inspired us to take them on again. Falesco sits on the border between Umbria and Lazio, and has 360 hectares of vineyard in total. From Lazio the Est! Est!! Est!!! is better than ever, the 20% Roscetto in the blend lending a depth that the wine previously lacked.
The Vitiano Rosso was always a standard bearer for the Cotarella style: ripe and deep coloured, with a roundness lent by Riccardo's judicious use of Merlot. A blend of equal measures of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet, the wine has less oak and more freshness than it once had, and represents remarkable value. The Vitiano Bianco is a unique blend of Vermentino and Verdicchio while, also from Umbria, the dry, minerally and unoaked Grechetto continues the focus on native varieties. They are smartly packaged and well-priced.
Falesco's top two wines are a similar mix of native and international varietals. Ferentano, made solely from Roscetto, is fermented in oak and has a lovely depth, balance and intensity. Montiano, made solely from Merlot, is from Falesco's oldest vineyards in Lazio. It is ripe and plummy with grainy tannins and a hint of oak. It is easy to see why it is regarded as one of Italy's top three Merlots."
Product Features: Vegetarian
Product Allergens: Sulphites Label
Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
The property covers 360 hectares and the vineyards are located at 300 metres above sea level. The soil is poor and stoney. The vines are spur pruned and cordon trained and are planted at a density of 3,000 vines per hectare. Roscetto is a rare white variety, indigenous to Lazio, in particular the town of Montefiascone. It was close to extinction in the 1960s and was never very popular with farmers because of its low yields. The name Roscetto refers to the pinky red colour the grapes turn when fully ripe, at which point they give great fruit flavours to the wine.
Vinification took place without skin contact. Whole clusters of grapes were gently pressed. The must was left to settle for one to two days before it was racked to stainless steel vats where fermentation took place at a controlled temperature of 17-19°C with the addition of indigenous yeasts. For the Roscetto grape, the process of cryo-maceration, often used in white wine production was carried out. This involves keeping the skins and the crushed grapes at extremely low temperatures prior to fermentation in order to enhance the fruit and other flavours. The wine was then bottled young in order to preserve its characteristic freshness and taste.
An attractive straw yellow in colour. This wine is fresh and structured with good acidity. It has fine aromatic characteristics with some delicate floral and fruity notes which follow on to the palate.
Food Suggestion: Great with soft young goat's milk cheeses, also with white fish and plenty of herbs and spinach.
Closure: DIAM Cork ABV: 12.5% Acidity [g/l]: 5.5