2009 Falesco Merlot Umbria (Elsewhere $16)

SKU #1066216 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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.  (8/2010)

K&L Notes

Falesco's IGT Merlot comes vineyards around Orvieto in Umbria, a region that really seems to allow the variety to express itself fully. The wine is aged for six months in French barriques, and is nicely integrated into the wine. Bursting with berry and plum fruit, leather and spice, this is focused, concentrated and fresh. For drinking over the next decade.

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2012 | Send Email
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The much maligned Merlot grape is now suffering a really bad reputation. However with this Umbrian Gem redemption is at hand! This wine is has sensational pure, dark fruit aromatics that offer a vision that isn't made clumsy by too much flabby fruit. In the mouth the wine has a great palate presence, the same fruit profile in the nose carries on. There is a slight grip and briskness to the wine that leads to a really long finish where berries and leather intermingle creating a resounding finish, even more so with a wine at this price point.
Drink from 2012 to 2016

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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