The 2009 Merlot is one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from
Falesco. It is a decidedly firm, vibrant Merlot that stands in stark contrast
to the super-ripe, obvious Vitiano Rosso. Here the fruit is wonderfully
precise and elegant. Jammy blueberries, blackberries, cinnamon, leather
and crushed rocks are woven into a beautiful fabric. The French oak is
layered very nicely, adding depth and flavor, but never overpowering the
wine. This is impressive juice from proprietor Riccardo Cotarella.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2017