After reading about the famous Est! Est! Est! wines of the Montefiascone region in Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy by Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch, I was pleased to happen upon a bottle in my local wine shop. Located 95 km north of Rome in the province of Viterbo in Montefiascone, the Falesco estate was founded in 1979 by winemaker brothers Renzo and Riccardo Cotarella with the goal of recovering the ancient vineyards in the area. Today the family run estate is looking forward towards its 4th generation to continue the family’s philosophy of “a deep sense of belonging to the territory of origin and a scientific approach” along with a passion for the land and creating quality wines. The name of the wine is derived from a 12th century legend in which a wine-loving bishop en route to see the pope had his assistant travel ahead and mark the doors of inns that served good wine with the word “Est” [standing for the phrase vinum est bonum, meaning “the wine is good”]. Upon reaching Montefiascone, the assistant enjoyed the wine so much that he wrote “Est! Est! Est!” on the door.
Straw-yellow in colour with aromas of wet slate and citrus blossom, light flavours of apple and pear merged into a zesty finish of grapefruit and traces of bitter almond. Simple and crisp, this is a good value and an easy drinking glass great for light summer dishes.