Roberto Voerzio Merlot
Roberto Voerzio Merlot, or, Roberto Voerzio Langhe Merlot Fontanazza to give the wine its full name, is the 3rd wine of 10 Italian merlots I am sampling for Merlot Month. Already blown away with the Feudi di San Gregorio Patrimo and the Falesco Montiano, I was really looking for something to fall on its face but how could it be Roberto Voerzio? For his wines are my love and passion, my Romeo and Juliet, my Sharky and George.
Why the photo? That is public enemy number 1 here in Italy today, the Spaniard that put Italy out of Euro 2008, Cesc Fabregas. He also plays for Arsenal, so “shoot on sight” *
Recommended to me directly by Mr Antonio Galloni, the Italian wine critic for Robert Parker’s “Wine Advocate”, it took little persuasion for me to add the Roberto Voerzio Merlot to the “merlots from outta town” list. Italian Merlot traditionally comes from the Friuli and Tuscan regions of Italy but I was keen to make this an Italian affair and bring in the best from other regions, and the best is what we got. However, and this will be my second direct bashing for my beloved Voerzio, this merlot, in my humblest of humble opinions, was not quite up to the two previous merlots.
Roberto Voerzio Merlot is still a 91 point wine, but as the most expensive of the 3 at over €129 a bottle, I’ve got to be honest and PASS the wine. It’s a beautiful effort, from a very limited production, but my criteria for BUY or PASS is based on just one factor, would Sarah Newton buy this wine again? Negative. I’d buy 5 bottles of Falesco instead and a Mars Bar. If you are rolling that kind of dosh and enjoy Voerzio wines, be my guest, it’s all a matter of means at the end of the day, Jack. So onto the review.
Roberto Voerzio Langhe Merlot Fontanazza 2004 – PASS – €129
Dark ruby red in the glass, good colour. On the nose, regal and opulent and very generous with all the dark fruits you’d be expecting from your Merlot as well as some nice tobacco, fungus and tar. The palate continues down regal road and the wine is very fruity with lots of berries and some herb notes too. A fine finish, full bodied and smooth but €129? 91 Points
Would I drink this if they were handing it out at London Bridge? For sure, I’m not down on the Fontanazza it’s very interesting with some herb/mushroom notes that give you a sense of the terroir. For those that like to pick wine apart it’s a cool little puzzle. So let’s continue to show the RV love because the guy tries and brings something original to all his wines *points at you all*, don’t forget it.
So, to round up the Merlots outside of the Tuscany/Friuli region and give them their places on the podium *drum roll*
1st – Falesco Montiano 2001 – 92 Points
2nd – Feudi di San Gregorio Patrimo 2004 – 93 Points
3rd – Roberto Voerzio Langhe Merlot Fontanazza 2004 – 91 Points
So, a close run thing, but for value there is no beating the Montiano, yes the Feudi di San Gregorio is the better wine, just, but at over twice the price, I crown Falesco’s Montiano the best “Merlot from outta town”. Remember folks, there are no losers here, except Roberto, he lost. Love you.
Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – VinoLanghe – €129
Americans – Sherry Lehmann – $210
Brits – VinoLanghe – €129
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* Legal Disclaimer – Please do not shoot Cesc Fabregas on sight.