TIBERIO - ABRUZZI
You may have noticed that Trebbiano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo seldom make it into our newsletters. This is because 80% of all the wine in the Abruzzo region is produced by four large co-operative wineries, and the quality is generally too variable to feature. Then we discovered Tiberio, run by Cristiana and Antonio Tiberio, who work with indigenous varieties only, to create elegant, refined wines. Tiberio’s Trebbiano Abruzzese vines are among the oldest in Abruzzo and they are the true Trebbiano Abruzzese—not Trebbiano Toscano which is much more widely planted. The 2014 Tiberio Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is delicious, having an aroma of apricot and jasmine. It is zesty with acidity, and perfect for finfish dishes. The Appennine mountain ranges of the Marche and Abruzzo are home to the ancient variety Pecorino. Its wines are rich in body but have firm acidity, offering a unique combination of texture and vibrancy. The 2014 Tiberio Pecorino shows sage, melon, and peach notes. It is a white wine for Northwest shellfish. The 2013 Tiberio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo was awarded a 2016 Gambero Rosso ‘Tre Biccheri’ (three glasses) and it deserves it. It has an aroma of blueberry, violet, and gunflint, with a bright black cherry flavor, and refreshing acidity. A wine for fowl and game dishes, it has a classic flavor that pairs with pasta in red pepper sauce as well.
2014 Tiberio Trebbiano Abruzzese Abruzzo 19.00 15.77VS
2014 Tiberio Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 25.00 20.75VS
2013 Tiberio Montepulciano Abruzzo ` 21.00 17.43VS
2014 PIAN DELLE VIGNE BRUNELLO
The Pian delle Vigne estate is located 3.5 miles south of Montalcino, and takes its name from a typical 19th century railroad located on the property. The 2010 Antinori Brunello di Montalcino ‘Pian delle Vigne’ has an aroma of wild cherries, raspberries, and chocolate, with nuances of tobacco leaf and licorice. On the palate, plums, mint, and eucalyptus emerge. The wine is elegant and noble in the textural sensations of its tannins. This is an ageworthy wine that will live for decades.
2010 Antinori Brunello ‘Pian delle Vigne’ Montalcino 80.00 66.40VS