Falesco Marciliano 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends from Italy
Marciliano is one of the greatest expressions of Cabernet from Central Italy. It has a profound dark purple color and offers complex aromas of cassis, herbs, tobacco and slate. Layers of blackberries and licorice are evident on the nose and on the palate, while the chewy tannins frame an austere yet elegant and dense structure. Long-lived and full-bodied, Marciliano is best-served with rich meat-based dishes. A great wine for Cabernet lovers.
"The 2005 Marciliano (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc) is a big wine that explodes from the glass with dark fruit, sweet herbs, licorice and French oak. This engaging, harmonious wine possesses terrific overall balance, not to mention enough freshness to continue to drink well for several years. It is a commendable effort in this challenging vintage." 91 Points
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Marciliano (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc) is a big wine that explodes from the glass with dark fruit, sweet herbs, licorice and French oak. This engaging, harmonious wine possesses terrific overall balance, not to mention enough freshness to continue to drink well for several years. It is a commendable effort in this challenging vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2015. "
Wine Spectator - "Displays blackberry and currant, with hints of dark chocolate and herbs. Medium- to full-bodied, with good fruit and a long finish. Best after 2008. 1,900 cases made."
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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