Umbria is Italy’s fourth-smallest region and produces only a third as much wine as Tuscany, but the winemakers in this intimate area buried in the heart of Italy are undergoing a period of exciting change as Umbrian wines become more known and respected on the world scene. Although historically Umbria has been overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, Tuscany, the wine world is now discovering this beautiful and lesser-known region bordered by Tuscany, Marche, and Latium.
Falesco "Tellus" Cabernet Sauvignon Umbria, Italy 2014
Expect Cabernet Sauvignon to be firmer and more tannic than Merlot. Here, the climate is moderate but elevation is also important, so flavors lean to ripe black fruits and tell-tale herbaceous notes. Red and black fruits commingled with herbaceous elements brighten flavors of rich food, such as the obvious lamb, steak or burger. Echo the wine sensory experience of herbal notes with herb-seasoned dishes that feature thyme, rosemary or basil. Vegetables with a bitter edge such as broccoli rabe, radicchio, or Brussels sprouts counteract the leafy, herbal notes of Cabernet. Aromas of blueberries and lavender plus hints of currants. Medium to full body and ultra-fine and polished tannins. Long finish.
92 pts. James Suckling