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Bellini Orvieto Classico 2011

On my mission to find a new, exciting, and – most importantly – affordable white wines, I browsed the isles of my favorite wine shop once again. Italian whites almost never disappointed me, so I was confident to grab a bottle of Bellini ORVIETO Classico 2011, although I never had it before.

Photo: Wikipedia

The zone of Orvieto Classico is located around Orvieto town itself, in Umbria, a very traditional and beautiful wine region in the central Italy.

The Orvieto Classico title is exclusively given to white wines from this region, which could be made in sweet or dry style, standard or higher-quality superiore versions.

As I wasn’t able to find any more detailed info about this particular producer, I have to assume that this delicious white wine was traditionally made from a blend of Procanico (Trebbiano Toscano) and Grechetto. By Italian law, both grapes must jointly account for at least 60% of the finished wine. If there is more Grechetto used in the blend,the wine will get more body and fruttines.
For the remaining 40% of the blend the winemaker is free to use any combination of other white grape varieties, found within the Viterbo province. It could be Malvasia Toscana, Drupeggio, Verdello and Canaiolo Bianco grapes.

Whatever the blend of Bellini Orvieto Classico was, I loved it. Clean, sunny yellow color and lovely lemony aroma was an inviting first impression. The wine was a light bodied, crisp and refreshing summer wine, a perfect company for my seafood dinner.

Although it showed a lot of fruit, it was still delicate with an acidity in perfect balance. Light, almost bubbly sensation on my tongue expressed the characteristic typical limestone and volcanic soils of Orvieto Classico region.

Very pleasant, pretty wine was such a steal for $ 8.99!  I will definitely buy it again. This is a lovely wine for hot summer, a great opportunity to try something new and exciting. My mouth is watering right now, when I am just writing about it.

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Falesco Vitiano 2007


Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Grapes: 33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet and 34% Sangiovese
Region: Umbria, Italy

Falesco winery was established in 1979 with a goal to rediscover and enhance the value of Lazio’s traditional grape varietals. Riccardo, one of Italy’s finest winemakers needed just few years to create a whole list of success with his wines.
Located just 50 miles from Rome, Falesco’s vineyards are situated in the most prestigious areas around the Umbrian-Lazian border.

After the harvest grapes are immediately transported to the winery and fermented in stainless steel. The winery is using the most advanced wine technology to achieve the best possible quality of their wines. Vitiano is then aged for 2 months in oak barrels and then, unfiltered, bottled.

Tasting notes:
This young, powerful wine has a beautiful aroma of dark cherries and spices. Dark ruby wine is best drank young – that’s when the fruit is expressed the most. Rich, jammy and spicy on the palate, with just enough acidity to make this bargain perfectly balanced. Falesco Vitiano has a character, harmony and a long, pleasant finish. Attributes that are more common in wines twice the price.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $10.00

Ideal food pairing:
Anything Italian, Mamma’s Meatballs, sausage with peppers, hamburgers on the grill, medium aged cheeses