Moretti Omero is a small family farm in the wine area of Montefalco, in Central Umbria. Omero (pictured next to me) grew up here with his parents. He started out raising pigs but the neighbors complained about the smell too much and started to make trouble for him with the Authorities. The DOC of Montefalco had just been founded and Omero decided to switch from pigs and try his hand at making wine. He bought some existing vineyards as well as some old olive orchards and threw himself into it.
He's certainly been successful. A few years back he won best single varietal olive oil in Italy from the national olive oil trade board. I ran across Umbria to visit him and was pretty wiped at the end of 34 miles. He speaks no English and his daughter (who does) had to go host a pasta making class. So Omero went and had dinner and I got to stretch the bounds of my poor Italian talking about life as a business owner, life as a farmer, having kids, hot rodding cars, etc.
The Terre di Giano is my favorite wine that he makes. He may hate me saying that since he makes so many excellent more prestigious wines, but this table wine is so delicious and honest that I can't help loving what a satisfying, solid, easy going rustic wine this is. Omero blends Ciliegiolo, Sangiovese, Merlot, and probably in some vintages Sagrantino into this. 2016 was a really good vintage; not one of those super hot years that the Wine Spectator likes and not a lean rainy year: just a perfect balanced classic weather year. So the resulting wine is very well balanced, pleasing, and what Umbria classically is.
Aroma: big ripe cherry and wild raspberry. There's some woodsey aromas too. Actually it kind of smells like a BBQ: wood smoke and roasting meat. There's also a hint of baking chocolate hiding in there too!
Taste: Juicy and rustic, the Terre di Giano is a balance of mouth filling cherries up front and spicy rustic tannin at the finish. It's not too heavy though (at 13% alcohol) and the acidity is right there keeping the wine from being at all flabby in any way. So are the tannins too in fairness but you don't notice them much, they're just there in proportion supporting the rest of the flavors.
It's a mouth full of rich wild satisfying fruit with earth and rustic spice to back it all up. Umbria is the bread basket of Italy and known for hearty foods like pasta in red sauce or meat sauce, steak, hearty sausage, braised lamb, and hearty risottos with truffles. This wine will blow your mind with any of those.
This is right about $15 retail and available at The Blue Hill Wine Shop, Spruce Creek Provisions, Bow St Beverage in Portland, Maine Meat in Kittery, and Vic and Whit's in Saco.