I was intrigued the other day to spot a new Est! Est!! Est!!! from Falesco, a maker that has impressed me with its red Vitiano.... Sure enough, Falesco rings the bell again with this one, a crisp and interesting white with a price tag that makes it a real bargain.
Bargain Priced - This clear, straw-color wine from Northeastern Italy shows light, fresh tropical-fruit aromas in the glass, kiwi and starfruit and a distant hint of banana. Tropical fruit carries over to the palate in a dry, clean and crisp flavor that's more subtly delicate than forward, adding hints of wool and almonds as it warms in the glass. It's an appealing wine at a very reasonable price.
Clear but very dark ruby, clear red at the edge. Earthy dried-fruit aromas add a distinct mushroomy note that mimics 'cork taint' at first but sorts itself out as natural earthy scents of mushroom, truffle and 'forest-floor' that blend with dried-cherry fruit. Flavors are consistent with the nose, tart but ripe black-cherry structured with lemon-squirt acidity and perceptible tannins. Good with food, which brings up the fruit while 'taming' the tannins and acidity. FOOD MATCH: Fine with thin-sliced rare beef and onions on a summer- squash risotto.