Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2007
Other Red Blends from Southern Italy, Italy
With Vitiano we have tried to achieve a young red wine with explosive, luscious aromatic fragrance. This wine has a wonderful, deep, intense ruby red colour with important, solid, and wide organoleptic qualities, but above all it exalts the food it is combined with. It is very rich in polyphenols which harmonize with its fresh, tasty acidity. It is versatile red, quite innovative in style which can be appreciated immediately. It adapts easily to various dishes and can be drunk litghtheartedly drawing great pleasure from the sharp fragrance of its perfumes and its straightforward character. It should be drunk in wide crystal chalices where it can best develop its bouquet.
International Wine Cellar - "Ridiculously dark black-ruby color. Pretty aromas of cassis, black plum and earth, with a pronounced vanilla presence that does not overpower the fruit. Rich and densely packed, with distinctly ripe flavors of black fruits, raisin and chocolate lifted by an intriguing balsamic vinegar note. This finishes lighter than it starts, with welcome acidity nicely delineating the borderline-overripe fruit. Finishes creamy and long. This is a lot of wine for the money, and the best Vitiano in years, far removed from some astringent versions of recent memory."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Vitiano (Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) is a soft-textured, caressing red that blossoms on the palate with layers of perfumed red fruit and sweet French oak. This is an especially seamless and beautiful Vitiano that is particularly rewarding for its textural richness. Vitiano is typically bottled in several lots, all of which undergo malolactic fermentation in French oak. This is the first lot (0922) to be bottled. According to proprietor Riccardo Cotarella, the bottle variation that occasionally shows up in Vitiano is most likely attributable to the different amounts of time the various lots spend in bottle prior to arriving on the market. Clearly lots that have more time in bottle have the potential to show greater harmony than lots that have less time in bottle. That said, slight bottle variation issues here are a minor quibble for a wine that delivers so much value. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2012."
In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.
Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute! View all Falesco Wines
About Southern ItalyView a map of Southern Italy wineries Abruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
AbruzziKind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi – this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft and often fruity. The best part is that it's also good value and super food-friendly.
PugliaSometimes called Apuglia outside of Italy, the area is known for making wine from the Zinfandel-related Primitivo variety. It sits on the Adriatic coast, facing Greece, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A productive wine region, Puglia makes a lot of wine, some of it not so high quality. Luckily, the good wine is exported and is of excellent value.
CampaniaPerhaps better known for the city of Naples than the wine produced, Campania does have a couple of wines worth recognition. First, the white known as Greco di Tufo – an indigenous variety, Greco produces white wine that is dry, with a subtle nutty flavor. The best-known red here is Taurasi, made from the Aglianico grape, producing a wine of distinct color and flavor, with aromas of tar and leather.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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25 ratings, 21 with reviewsBill from Colorado - Longmont, CO49/17/2009This wine has an amazing taste and rich boldness for a the low $9.99 price. Its hard to find this kind of value. I already bought more.tKnight - Louisville, KY510/31/2009This is an incredibly dark, rich and smooth wine. Perfect for just sipping and a delightful companion to whatever you choose to knosh on!42/3/2010Very nice well balanced wine with good structure and good finishStacy McClain - Grove City, OH312/19/2009Inexpensive wine with a very nice taste. I was suprised from the nose to the finished.Handyman - Harrisburg, PA49/15/2009We enjoyed this with friends who really enjoy wine. It was enjoyed and appreciated by everyone, including two professional winemakers.29/24/2009The title says it all.Michael Geier - Conroe, TX42/17/2010says it all41/21/2010Great character - a real treat!Hunter Daley - Oakmont, PA52/11/2010henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL28/11/2011Mary R - Huntersville, NC410/7/200935/14/2011atlomt - San Diego, CA58/10/2009For the price, a truly excellent wine. Yes, you can buy bottles of wine for $30-50 that you might like more, but in a blind taste-testing, you just might pick this one. It is very smooth but still full-bodied. We quite enjoyed it!MWaddock - Spring, TX412/16/2009For the price, you can not beat this one! Hard to find in the retail markets. Good pricing online!JWright - Salem, OR41/20/2010This is the kind of wine I like when I just want to have wine. It's Light, crisp and not overpowering. I like it!Scott C - Daly City, CA49/10/2009An excellent Italian wine at a great price. Smooth, full bodied with wonderfy aromas. I would serve this wine with any type of food and would definitely bring to a friends for dinner!El Rippo - Harvey, ND59/8/2009This wine is outstanding for the price. The bouguet is like sitting next to a wood fire along fresh water smell. absoulty great11/12/2010Really truly one of the owrst wines I have ever ever tasted! It was on sale and now I know why... feel ripped off the wine.com had it listed as one of the best for under 20.0035/11/2010would buy again if in the 10 dollar range. It's a good wine, but it needs a chance to open up. The 2nd half of the bottle tasted great..38/25/2009Had a peppery kick with my Chicken Marsala the other night, but mellowed nicely as the meal was finished.YD - Chicago, IL41/21/2010Nice and smooth. Great to warm you up on a cold winter day.Alexander Bernstein - Hopkins, MN210/30/2009Uneventful winedawoodsy - Forsyth, MO46/17/2010Took advice and let this one breathe. Full bodied, smooth and well balanced. Surprise for me was the long finish.17/30/2010Tasted as if the wine had been 'cooked' in shipment. Had a vinegar type taste37/24/2010Decent, appropriately priced, but nothing special. I do not agree with the 91 points.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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