2001 Falesco Vitiano
Umbria, Italy
 
WB Rating: 85

 
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%
Price at time of purchase: $10.00 (Premier Cru)
 
Type: Italian Red
Principal varietal(s): 1/3 each Sangiovese, Cabernet, Merlot

Tasted the evening after sampling the 2000 Vitiano, I'd rank the 2001 a step below that excellent wine in terms of ripeness and richness. But it is still a great buy and an amazingly serious wine for $10. The 2001 is less overtly fruity than the 2000, with dominant coffee, chocolate, and sage in the nose, and cherry/mocha in the flavors. Still a bit of development to go, but I doubt that it will ever provide quite the pleasure that the 2000 provides. - HK 2003-03-26

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