2014TiberioPecorino2014 Tiberio, Pecorino Colline Pescaresi IGP, Abruzzo Italy.
The beautiful and vivid Tiberio Pecorino 2014 is bursting with vibrant flavors and brightness with subtle richness of texture. This is certainly one of the finest examples of this varietal available, Pecorino is a small berried grape mostly found in the hillsides of parts of Abruzzo and the Marche, it’s a small yields has not made it a fan favorite among growers, but it’s quality has seen it’s fortunes rise in recent years with many winemakers making wonderful expressions of it, like this one from Tiberio. Fresh with tangy citrus, melon, white peach and spicy herbs along with chalky stone, light mineral notes and white flower aromas make Tiberio’s 2014 Pecorino a real joy in the glass and great with seafood, cheeses and poultry. With air a hint of oily glycerin comes through, giving a feel similar to that of Roussanne but with more zesty acidity and without heaviness. Tiberio makes a superb lineup of wines with this Pecorino being my personal favorite, though I also love Cristiana Tiberio’s other wines as well, including her full bodied Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo rosato. Tiberio is heading towards biodynamic and Cristiana’s resume has an impressive list of top producers on it, including Joly, Selosse, Egon Muller, as well as making wines in Chablis and in Australia. This is a label to watch and these 2014’s look to be a breakthrough vintage, drink this Pecorino over the next 3 to 5 years, though I enjoy it right now and think it shows it’s finest character as it is, though it should gather mouth feel and deeper fruit over time, maybe including golden apple and fig, regardless this is well made and inspiring wine, enjoy.
($18 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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