And now since we're about a month behind in the hunt, the current vintage of our top go-to Italian red might be a bit harder to find than usual.
We bought the last 12 bottles of Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2010 at the Total Wine in McLean yesterday for the insanely low everyday price of $7.99 a bottle ($7.19 with the 10 percent case discount). And a quick spot check of other Total Wine stores found just a handful of bottles left on the shelf in Fairfax, Alexandria and Chantilly in Virginia and in Laurel and Towson in Maryland (where it costs a still-reasonable $9.99 a bottle).
(We recommended the 2006 here, the 2007 here, the 2008 here and the 2009 here and here.)
Though it may be getting thin on store shelves, you can still find Falesco Vitiano in lots of wine shops in Maryland, Virginia and the District. It’s perpetually on sale at Calvert Woodley for just $8.99 a bottle, and available for a few dollars more at Cairo Wine & Liquor, Bell Wine & Spiritsand Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits among others in the District. Total Wine in Virginia still has Vitiano in most stores, and in Maryland it’s available at Montgomery County Liquor stores for $10.05 a bottle, (in addition to Total Wine in Laurel and Towson) and Wells Discount Liquor in Baltimore, to name a few.
“The 2010 Vitiano Rosso shows excellent balance with less of the overripe character that has been a signature of past vintages,” wrote Antonio Galloni in the June 2011 issue of Wine Advocate.“Dark red fruit, roasted coffee beans, spices and mocha are some of the aromas and flavors that emerge from this fleshy, generous Vitiano Rosso. The fruit is beautifully layered all the way through to the finish.”
“You can’t beat this low price,” writes Monica Larner in the Oct. 1, 2012 issue of Wine Enthusiast. “No wonder Vitiano is a constant feature on wine lists at restaurants across Rome.(News to us, but it’s no surprise.)
“This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese offers spicy oak notes, with suggestions of ripe cherry, blackberry and spice.”
Galloni suggests that this vintage of Vitiano will drink well through 2016. If so, you may want to do what we’ve done with every vintage of Vitiano since the 1998 – buy it by the case.
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