Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – 2017

Region: Italy - Abruzzo


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.


92 Points

Vibrant red. Captivating aromas of red currant, dark plum, blueberry, licorice and Oriental spices. Broad and ripe on entry, then luscious in the middle, finishing with a riper mouthfeel than is usual for this wine, but in keeping with the 2017 vintage (dry and hot). Finishes long, with serious, building tannins and noteworthy sweetness. This is a real miracle considering the vintage’s less-than-stellar growing season; timely rainfall at the end of September provided much-needed liquid refreshment for the Montepulciano, allowing the vines to recover from the summer drought and heat and benefit from longer hang times. On a side note, wine lovers have something else to look forward to, as the 2018 vats of Montepulciano I tried during my cellar visit were absolutely superb; they are undoubtedly the best entry-level Montepulciano wines Tiberio has ever made, so there’s something to really look forward to here.  2019 – 2025

Vinous - Ian D'Agata, September, 2019

“20 Reds under $20”  by Eric Asmiov, 1/30/2020

Tiberio has become one of my favorite producers in the Abruzzo region of southeastern Italy. The whites are superb, and so is this bright, vibrant entry-level red, with earthy minerality, a touch of welcome bitterness and a light tannic grip. (The Sorting Table, Napa, Calif.)


New York Times, January, 2020
91 Points

Crushed black cherries, blueberry skins, sage, stone dust and hints of animal musk all come together to form a deeply satisfying bouquet in the 2017 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. It’s soft, round and textural, giving way to a twang of tart wild berries complemented by saline-minerals and firmed up with grippy tannins. This goes on and on. Structured, yet still packed with spicy primary fruits, all while remaining fresh. The 2017 shows the warmth of the vintage with class.  2021 – 2028

Vinous, April, 2021