I’m back from the USA and not a moment too soon. More about that later but I’d like to start with a bargain Italian wine from my home county of Lazio and from one of the countries largest producers, Falesco. I’ve mentioned the Falesco Tellus before but it’s so versatile that I think it’s worth its own blog entry.
2006 is a good vintage for the Tellus blend, 50% Merlot and 50% Syrah and it all works out rather well apart from a slightly strange finish this is a fantastic wine and great value for €6. Its a fairly new wine so might not be readily available yet but I’ll source it for you and you can find retailers at the bottom of the page.
I mentioned Falesco a few weeks ago about how they are bringing new quality into Lazio wines and this bottle is no exception. The finish isn’t terrible but slightly peculiar to my palate and for that I give the wine 87 points.
For those waiting for the USA update sadly I was stricken down by Florida Flu the day after I touched down, even having to call the doctor out. The entire two weeks were a bust although I did manage to get up to New York but didn’t get the chance to sample many wines most restaurants offering Californian wines very strongly. The Italian wines on offer tended to be 3 times the price I’d pay back home and were brands I wouldn’t consider, Ruffino, Banfi’s lesser wines.
I visited one wine store in Florida, I wont name it, but of over 1000 wines on sale only fifteen were Italian wines without one Brunello for sale and only one Piedmont producer offering Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo d’Alba (Pio Cesare). I can’t call my experience worthy of drawing any conclusions as I’d need to visit more areas but it would appear that, as with everything in the USA, brands dominate. There may be a lot of Italian wine in the USA but the majority is coming from the same producers.
So I’m happy to be back here in Italy getting cheaper Italian wine from Ebay or online. Last night was a very traditional “English” Italian meal. Spaghetti Bolognese is not nearly as popular with the Italians as we English think. The Falesco Tellus went very well with the meal complementing the meat nicely.
I’ve placed a wine order online and so waiting to be reviewed for the next few days are 12 wines including Zaccagnini’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo il vino dal tralcetto 2005 which got rave reviews from Wine Spectator recently, Antinori Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne 2001 and Planeta’s 2006 Chardonnay .
We’re facing strike action and a petrol crisis here in Italy, the roads have been blocked by hauliers demanding cheaper petrol prices so its possible the wine wont be delivered, it’s possible I wont be food matching because there is no food in the stores! It’s possible I’ll be too weak to write on my blog and I’ll die of starvation *boo hoo*.
Falesco Tellus 2006 – BUY – €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
Question of the Day?
What is your cheap everyday wine that plays the supporting role to Spag Bol and other standard pasta dishes?