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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Falesco Montiano 2003
Falesco Montiano 2003
(search item no. 88586)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Winner of Italy's coveted Tre Bicchieri award. Made from 100% Merlot grown in the Montiano vineyard in Lazio. Montiano's soil is volcanic and rich in stones and the vineyard has a south/southwestern exposure. The grapes were harvested in early September. After fermentation, the wine was aged in Nevers and Tronçais barriques for 12 months. Montiano has a wonderful deep, ruby red color and a wide range of aromas such as vanilla and small red fruits with layers of jam and sweet spices. It is full-bodied, round and soft on the palate with an elegant and lingering finish.
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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!