Wine of the week: Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!! 2014

Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!!The Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!! is legendary cheap wine, and the only reason that I don’t review it more often is because the only store in Dallas that carries it always sells out. (That no one else carries it speaks to how most retailers feel about cheap wine in Dallas).

What do you need to know about the Falesco Est ($8, sample, 12%)? That it’s made by the Cotarella family, which gives us Vitiano and so much other quality cheap and moderately-priced wine. That it’s a white blend made with trebbiano, the Italian version of my beloved ugni blanc and a grape that gets as much respect from wine geeks as I would at a Wine Spectator editorial meeting. That it’s tart and lemony with a little white fruit and quite refreshing, but not very complex and also not very demanding on the drinker.

In this, it’s exactly what cheap wine should be — well-made, affordable, and something you can drink without having to consult scores, pairing charts, or wine websites. Consider it the Italian equivalent of the Rene Barbier white — not quite Hall of Fame material, but dependable and enjoyable. Isn’t that what cheap wine should be?

2 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!! 2014

  • By Burnsey - Reply

    It is! Good story behind the name.

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      But don’t you think the story is just a little too good, Burnsey? Like how Texans say chicken fried steak was invented — someone ordered fried chicken, all the restaurant had was steak?

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