Tiberio

Pecorino Colline Pescaresi IGP – 2021

Region: Italy - Abruzzo

Tiberio

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.

Over a decade ago, Cristiana and Antonio, daughter and son of Riccardo, took over reins of Tiberio. Cristiana, a chemistry specialist who also teaches college sommelier and enology classes, handles winemaking and is the global brand ambassador. Antonio leads grapegrowing and viticulture. The dynamic team have established Tiberio, and Abruzzo, in the forefront of leading-edge wine making and renown in this central part of Italy.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Pecorino is an ancient variety that has always called the mountainous Appennine ridges of the Marche and Abruzzo its home. A low yielding variety due to sterility of the basal buds, over the centuries farmers shied away from it preferring instead to plant easier to grow, more productive varieties.  Therefore Pecorino was all but forgotten, and nearly extinct by the 1970s. Times change and today high yields are less important than they once were: modern day wine lovers now clamor for high quality grape varieties. Capable of giving distinctive wines, and Pecorino fills that bill nicely.

The grape is characterized by essentially round leaves and small round very thick skinned berries. The wine is rich in glycerol but also endowed with high total acidity, thereby offering a unique combination of texture and vibrancy. In fact, Pecorino wines have become so popular that much Pecorino has been planted recently, however the grape variety always performs best in hilly vineyard sites rather than flatland areas, which are not its natural habitat.

  • Total area under vine: 3 ha / 7.41 acres
  • Altitude: 350 meters
  • Soils: Limestone with marly-gravel subsoil
  • Average vine age: 21 years
  • Vine Training System: Guyot
  • Planting Density: 4000 vines/ha
  • Yield: 45 hl
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested the first week of September
  • Free run juice only
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • No malolactic fermentation
  • Aged in bottle
Winemaker's Notes

Deep straw yellow. Vivid aromas of sage, rosemary, green fig, peach yellow melon. Lingering minerality accompanies the full body.

Pair with white meats, seafood, legumes, pastas and cheese.

Wine Summary

100% massal selection Pecorino grapes; alcohol: 14%; planted in limestone soils with marly-gravel subsoil; altitude 350 meters; vines average 21 years; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks without malolactic fermentation; aged in bottle before release.

Technical Information
  • 100% massal selection Pecorino
  • Alcohol: 14%

Reviews

91 Points

The 2021 Pecorino is understated in the glass yet very pretty, showing nuances of kiwi and chlorophyll, giving way to exotic florals and wet stone. Its textures are surprisingly luxurious, plush even, yet this is salty to the core with mineral-tinged green melon and hints of fresh mint. A mineral staining lingers through the finale, finishing long yet energetic and lightly structured. Wow, the 2021 is a warm and dry vintage for Pecorino that drinks with such refinement. 2022 – 2026

Vinous, October, 2022

17++ Points

Brilliant yellow. Complex ripe peach with hints of garden herbs. Savoury minerally fruit on the palate. Gorgeous, textured pink grapefruit on the finish. 2023 – 2030

JancisRobinson.com, April, 2023

General Info

Country Italy
Region Abruzzo
Appellation(s) Abruzzo
Proprietors Riccardo, Cristiana, Antonio Tiberio (father, daughter, son)
Founded 2000
Winemaker Cristiana Tiberio
Annual Production 8,300 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable