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Date Printed: 7/9/2014
Falesco Merlot Umbria 2001
Falesco Merlot Umbria 2001
(search item no. 53872)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/9/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Outstanding Merlot from Italy, and a consistent best buy! Deep ruby red in color, very spicy and rich in aroma. Blackberry, tobacco and vanilla come through on the palate. The finish is long and pleasant. Recommended with lamb and spicier dishes and sauces.

"The 2001 Merlot dell'Umbria is a spectacular buy. Aged five months in oak, and bottled with neither fining nor filtration, this dense ruby/purple-colored offering exhibits a big, sweet nose of cigar smoke, mocha, black cherry liqueur, and vanilla. Supple, ripe, and heady, it is a luscious, medium to full-bodied, hedonistic Merlot fruit bomb to drink during its first 4-5 years of life."
-The Wine Advocate

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About Falesco:

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!