Falesco grows grapes in central Italy’s Umbria and Lazio regions. Their Vitiano wines blend grape varieties to create value-oriented, easy-drinking wines. Some are made strictly with local grapes while others include their international brethren. The Bianco is made of two of my favorite autochthonous whites. It’s a 50-50 split between Vermentino and Verdicchio. The Rosato leans more heavily on international grapes with 60% coming from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sangiovese and Aleatico compose the remainder.
Falesco’s Est! Est!! Est!!! de Montefiascone is a nod to a historical wine that dates back to the 12thcentury. For decades, this wine style has been largely ignored – for good reason. Careless winemaking and the less-than-dazzling Trebbiano were the culprits. However, some producers now are reviving the wine, and Falesco’s is a nice example. Falesco’s version includes the traditional Malvasia as well as the extremely rare Roscetto. In fact, Roscetto is only produced by Falesco at this time!