Lazio Wine

Lazio wines are probably the hardest working wines in Italy, for it’s Lazio that has the desire, the will and the soil to be the next break out region. It will always be a mystery to me why Lazio is overlooked for red wine, that the county that borders both Tuscany and Campania was doomed to producing cheapy whites for the millions in the capital.

I apologise to all those who enjoy Frascati, but please, try some Cava yes? I won’t apologise to anyone who likes Est! Est!! Est!!!, in fact, you may leave :oP. These rather poor whites have taken up so much production and marketing time in Lazio that they had forsaken their wonderful soil, following the limiting DOC classifications, (that have forced Lazio into this white wine hell) and simply supplying Rome.

Times are a changing! Falesco have moved in and old guard producers have recruited fresh blood from France, Spain and California to revamp their vineyards and soup up their marketing efforts even bringing in foreign vines too. Now you can not just buy red wine from Lazio, you can buy great red wine, and not just Cabs, Merlots and Syrahs but even excellent blended wines AND the most happy news of all? They lack the price tags of Tuscanys ITG’s.

Lazio’s volcanic soils produce wonderful red wines and if Falesco have moved in we can expect other bordering giants to do the same, perhaps it won’t be too long before Antinori and Gaja begin showing an interest in this relatively cheap area. In the meantime we can enjoy the wines of the highly successful Casale del Giglio and Falesco a few of which are reviewed below.

Undoubtedly the best wine of the region is the Falesco Montiano, but sadly my local wine shop had sold out so I didn’t get to review it for this blog entry. :o(

San Marco Solo Shiraz 2005BUY – €8
Dark ruby red with some brown hues, nice colour of medium intensity. Spicy, flashy nose of cherries with a hint of orange, cinnamon and spicebox. A nice palate, very fruity with a good balance, a little acidic with medium body. A good value wine, a little too simplistic but pleasant and fruity nonetheless. Worth a try for the money. 88 Points

Casale del Giglio Chardonnay 2006PASS – €10
Light straw colour with some greenish hues. Not much of a nose with some strange earthy character with apples and citrus fruits. Not unpleasant but a strange Chardonnay, none of the normal qualities of the grape. Fresh and clean palate with a short finish. 82 Points

Casale del Giglio Cabernet Sauvignon 2003PASS€24
Dark purple colour with some nice berry/cassis aromas with some dried fruits in there too. Very high quality nose and a great colour, the palate is not as impressive. Still has some nice tannins and plenty of fruit and a good thick body. I can’t recommend this wine simply because it isn’t as good as the ’01 or the ’04. Find the other vintages and then you have a great wine. 89 Points +

Falesco Tellus 2006BUY – €6
Smart, blended wine that ticks all the boxes for wine under $10. Deep ruby red, not far from a purple colour with a full nose of licorice, mint, cherries, tobacco and vanilla, even some espresso in there too. Charming palate with silky tannins and a lot of fruit. Its simplistic, there are not multiple layers to this wine but it’s a good quality solid red with excellent QPR. 87 Points

Where can I buy the wine? – (Casale del Giglio Cabernet Sauvignon 200492 points)
Europeans – Enoteca Costantini
Americans – Quality House Wine – $34
Brits – No british retailer selling the wine, so go through Enoteca Costantini

Question of the Day?
Of course, I’m joking about Est! Est!! Est!!! (half joking), is there any wine that you love to hate?

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Jasper Ullaman says:

    It has to be Chardonnay!

  2. Sean Ellingham says:

    Yellowtail and Gallo.

  3. Elle Clark says:

    White Mountain ;op

  4. Josh Banks says:

    Seconded Yellowtail but also Blue Nun, Liebfraumilsch

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sparkling Asti is pretty sick

  6. Daniel Harper says:

    LAMBRINI

  7. Rachel Michi says:

    I picked up a few Lazio wines from Casale del Giglio and the Cabernet was really muck. I agree with the Petit Verdot being the best of the bunch, interesting to see it being grown so well in Lazio of all places.

  8. Dave says:

    Thanks for this article! I'm attending a Lazio tasting next Tuesday in London and wanted to read up. I will remember to avoid the Est! Est!! Est!!! 😉

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