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2012 Falesco 'Tellus' Syrah Lazio IGT, Italy

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Ownership: Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella.

Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $22   From: $19   To: $26


Grape Variety

Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly debated, but its modern viticultural home is unquestionably the northern Rhone Valley of eastern France. In Australia, Syrah is overwhelmingly (but not exclusively) known as Shiraz, and is regarded as the country’s national grape.

One of the world's most diverse and successful grape varieties, Syrah wines can display myriad dark-fruit flavors. Varietal Syrah can be quite floral in its youth, developing more peppery and herbaceous notes as it ages. Some examples show tanned leather and smoky scents, while the fruit in these wines tends towards the very dark flavors of blackcurrant and licorice.

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Region
  • Lazio IGT is the region-wide IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) title used for the Lazio region of western central Italy. It is in fact one of six IGTs used in Lazio, but is the by far the most widely used – largely because it covers the entire region.

    Wines produced under the Lazio IGT title may be red, white or rosé in color, and still, sparkling, sweet or dry in style. The sweet wines are even sub-categorized down into passito (from dried grapes) and vendemmia tardiva (from late-harvest grapes). Merlot-based red is the predominant style produced under this title, but there are few strong patter ...more

  • Lazio is a region in central Italy, and home to the ancient capital city of Rome. Like many Italian wine regions, Lazio's vine heritage is ancient. Its first inhabitants were the Etruscans, though it was the Latins who gave the area its original name Latium. The Romans brought the region into another era by improving trade and agriculture, although after the collapse of the Roman Empire the land was neglected. Only in the 1870s, when Rome became the capital of Italy,...more

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