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 2020 Pecorino opens with crushed, mineral stones and dusty dried flowers. It gains in depth as notes of yellow apple, nectarine and fennel evolve in the glass. This is silky, soothing and ripe, contrasted by bright acids and salty minerals, with penetrating herbal-tinged stone fruits and an attractive inner smokiness. It tapers off incredibly long and savory. In fact, at times, the flavor profile reminds me more of food than wine, with a note of umami that resonates throughout. This is highly enjoyable today, but make sure to also lose a few in the cellar. The Pecorino benefitted from a longer growing season and later harvest, which packed a lot of extra character into this wine. 2021 – 2028