Wine of the week: Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!! 2017

Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!!The Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!! remains a classic Italian cheap white wine

The Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!! is one of the Wine Curmudgeon’s favorite cheap wines. So why have I reviewed it just three times in 12 years?

Availability, of course. What other reason could there be?

The Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!! ($10, purchased, 12.5%) is the kind of cheap wine that Europeans understand implicitly – you buy it, you drink it with dinner, and you enjoy it. No posturing about scores and no fretting about pairings.

So why isn’t it regularly available? Your guess is as good as mine, and probably has something to do with changes in its importer and distributor over the past decade.

But when the Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!! is available, it’s always a treat (even at $10, as opposed to $8 the last vintage). It’s a white blend made with trebbiano and malvasia, plus an even more rare grape called roscetto. The result is a tart, lemony wine, and some years it can be really tart. The 2017 is comparatively subtle – less tart, more balanced, and even a bit of minerality.

I don’t know that I enjoyed this vintage quite as much, but that’s a personal preference and not about the quality of the wine. It remains as it has always been – enjoyable and well worth buying and drinking.

Imported by Winebow

3 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Falesco Est! Est!! Est!!! 2017

  • By Burnsey - Reply

    Always a favorite, but I do miss its red companion, Vittiano. Haven’t seen Vittiano in the stores for at least a year. Looking at Winebow’s site about Falesco, it is no longer listed, and looks like 2016 was the last time produced. Maybe not something they make every vintage?

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      I can get the Vitiano in Texas, but only older vintages. I’ll try to check on this.

  • By Burnsey - Reply

    Thanks. I do hope it might just be a temporary gap in production, but would hate to see it disappear.
    Over a period of many years, I had introduced this wine to many, all agreed that it was a terrific value!

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