Country: Italy Region: Umbria Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Red regional (Southern-Italian) Category: Red Wine Color: Red
"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: Sustainable;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
The property covers 360 hectares and the vineyards are located at 300m above sea level. The soil is calcareous clay. The vines are spur pruned and cordon trained and are planted at a density of 6,000 vines per hectare.
The vinification process took place at different times according to the varying harvest dates for the different varieties. The process included a long maceration with frequent pumping over. Malolactic fermentation took place in barriques once the juice from the three different varieties had been blended.
The wine has a wonderful deep ruby red colour and an extensive bouquet of dark fruits. Concentrated aromas and flavours of ripe red and black berries are perfectly balanced with a refreshing acidity and supple tannins.
Food Suggestion: Great with a meaty pasta dish, grilled game or a selection of cheeses.
Closure: DIAM Cork ABV:13% Classification: IGP