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.
The 2019 Pecorino is a more elegant and savory expression of the variety, wafting up notes of green melon, geranium, hints of citrus and spring flowers. It’s silky upon entry, contrasted by bright acidity and tart orchard fruits, yet also with a cooling hint of fresh mint. This tapers off crunchy and nervous in feel, with cheek-puckering freshness and salty minerality. Enjoy the 2019 today for its pretty personality or through short-term cellaring. I must admit to finding its fragile personality quite appealing, and it’s such a contrast to most of the Pecorino coming out of the region today. 2021 – 2026
Medium-dark straw yellow. Sage, chamomile, rosemary and white peach dominate the nose. Then similar flavours in the mouth, with complicating hints of tangerine and orange cordial adding body. Closes long and fruity, but with a multilayered quality. This very successful wine smells and tastes like what an ideal mixture of Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc might taste like and is a real crowd pleaser. Drinking window: now-2026