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1996 Falesco "Montiano" Lazio

SKU #237066 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1996 Montiano (100% Merlot) was bottled unfined and unfiltered, after aging in French oak casks. Sadly, there are only 500 cases produced. It boasts an opaque purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of blackberry liqueur intermingled with smoke, pain grille, and chocolate. Full-bodied and thick, with a voluptuous texture, layered richness, superb purity, and a finish that lasts over 30 seconds, this is a profoundly concentrated and complex Merlot to drink now, and over the next 10-15 years. Kudos to Riccardo Cotarella. (RP)  (10/1998)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby color. Restrained aromas of dark berries, plum, chocolate, coffee, menthol and nutty oak. Fat, supple and rich, with smooth, moderately sweet plummy flavor and strong extract. Really expands on the finish, which features fine, dusty tannins and lovely sweetness. (ST) 90+  (1/1999)

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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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