Sunday, March 11, 2007

Rating: **+ 2004 Falesco Vitiano, Umbria, Italy

Review: A deep purple/ruby red in color, the aromas from this inexpensive blend of cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese and merlot jump right out of the glass. The candied cherry of the sangiovese is the most prominent aromatic note, mixed with a nice yeasty smell. On the palate, round, smooth dark berries mingle with a touch of roast beef and smooth, lingering tannins. What a nice ride overall. Carries a surprising amount of the "purple" flavor that I associate with the sangiovese grape, despite equal parts of the other varietals.

For comparison, here's what Wine Spectator said: "A wine with lovely balance and clean plum, berry and chocolate character, medium body and polished tannins. The perfect house wine-a great value.... Drink now through 2010." They gave it 90 points. I'm in for 2+ stars - still incredible value for the price.

1 comment:

  1. 90 points for this wine is a bit much, but I agree that these wines from umbria can be exceptional value. Come visit me @ the Blog Wine Cellar!