The story of Azienda Agricola Tiberio rings more like a new world tale than one from the old world of the ancient lands beneath the Majella and Gran Sasso mountains in Abruzzo. At 350 meters, twenty three miles inland from the seaside city of Pescara near the hillside town of Cugnoli, Riccardo Tiberio found an old plot of Trebbiano Abruzzese vines roughly 50 years old so impressive that he decided to change his and his family’s destiny.
Bright red. Highly aromatic nose offers scents of red cherry, cinnamon, potpourri and violet, complicated by a whiff of blood orange and nutmeg. Wonderfully suave and fine-grained on entry, with a compelling sweetness perfectly countered by a savory character, firm minerality and a building, tannic spine. Bright, pure and focused, harmonious acidity neatly extends the spicy red fruit and floral flavors on the long back end. Quite unlike any other Montepulciano d’Abruzzo I’ve ever tasted, beginning with its relatively light, bright color; Colle Vota actually has more in common with a red Burgundy Grand Cru or high end Barbaresco than with a Montepulciano wine. This is the first “official” vintage of Celle Vota (the wine’s name derives from a combination of collie, mean hill, and Vota, a reference to La Vota, the contrada where Tiber is located), made from a specific parcel of roughly 17 year old vines. Colle Vota is a remarkable expression of a specific Montepulciano biotype (the grape bunches and berries are smaller than most and the berry skins are also thicker thank usual) and of site (strangely enough, the wine is especially good in cooler, rainier years).