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Wine Tasting 101 - Falesco Vitiano

At the start of August, I nominated Falesco "Vitiano," a good-value red wine from Umbria in central Italy, as the featured wine for the month in our interactive "Wine Tasting 101" feature, A blend of the Italian Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in equal proportions, the 2000 vintage received a 91 rating from the critic Robert M. Parker Jr.

Where I live, we're still waiting for the 2000 to arrive; but as the month ends, here's my report on the 1999, a fruity if rather earthy wine that goes well with food. We'll be announcing the featured wine for September in Monday's 30 Second Wine Advisor. I hope many of you will participate in this free online wine-tasting community. Click the WT101 link above for more details.

VitianoFalesco 1999 "Vitiano" Umbria ($9.99)
Clear but very dark ruby, clear red at the edge. Earthy dried-fruit aromas add a distinct mushroomy note that mimics "cork taint" at first but sorts itself out as natural earthy scents of mushroom, truffle and "forest-floor" that blend with dried-cherry fruit. Flavors are consistent with the nose, tart but ripe black-cherry structured with lemon-squirt acidity and perceptible tannins. Good with food, which brings up the fruit while "taming" the tannins and acidity. U.S. importer: Winebow Inc., NYC (Aug. 28, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with thin-sliced rare beef and onions on a summer-squash risotto.

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Friday, Aug. 31, 2001
Copyright 2001 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

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