2009 Falesco Merlot Umbria (Elsewhere $16)
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.
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.