“The 2016 Vitiano Rosso offers enormous value. In fact, I cannot for the life of me think of another red wine from Italy that offers this quality at this super low price. This Umbrian red is equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Winemaking is very simple, concluding with an easy three months in barrique. The bouquet is bright, easy and fresh with dark cherry, cassis and spice. With an abundant 800,000 bottles made, drink up. Enough said.”
Vitiano - Wine Advocate
“A cheerful blend of equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, the 2017 Vitiano Rosso would pair with any home-cooked meal you throw its way, from spaghetti to pork chops. This is an easygoing and happy-go-lucky wine that strives solely to put a smile on your face. Look at that price tag. It would be impossible to ask more of this pretty little wine from Umbria. This hot vintage shows a soft emphasis on ripeness and dark fruit, but it’s all good.”
The Cincinnati International Wine Festival announced the results of their annual wine competition. VITIANO Rosso Umbria IGP 2015 received a Gold Medal! The winners earned their awards in direct, blind comparison with wines of the same variety or region. More than 400 wines were judged.
“The Wine Curmudgeon doesn’t get to taste the Falesco Vitiano Rosso much anymore. That’s one of the drawbacks about what I do; the blog needs to be fed, and that means a constant stream of new and different wines.
So when I do get to taste the Vitiano ($10, purchased, 13.5%), it’s even more of a treat. This Italian red is one of the world’s great cheap wines, and it’s not going too far to call it one of the world’s great wines regardless of price. It has everything a great wine should have: varietal correctness, terroir, and honesty. The Cotarella family, which makes these wines, believes in value for money. They don’t skimp on what’s inside the bottle, regardless of price.
The Falesco Vitiano Rosso is a blend – one-third sangiovese, one-third merlot, and one-third cabernet sauvigon. The 2015 vintage is a little heavier than previous vintages, which isn’t a bad thing. That makes it more of a food wine, and it needs red sauce, sausages, and the like. In fact, as cool weather returns, drink this with a braised pot roast cooked with garlic, tomatoes, herbs, and red wine.
Since it’s heavier, look for more plum than cherry fruit and a deeper, darker approach to the winemaking. Having said that, the wine isn’t too tannic or too tart, and all is in balance. Which is what I expect from the Cotarella family.
Highly recommended, and it will return to the $10 Hall of Fame next year. It’s also a candidate for the 2019 Cheap Wine of the Year.”