Avezzano AQ, Italy (Abruzzo)
Terre di Chieti IGP
Yes, the Pecorino grape gets its name from sheep, just like the cheese, but the similarities stop there. From the rocky hillsides around Chieti comes a Pecorino that is packed full of flavor and fruit. Vibrant aromas of fresh cut flowers abound with citrus, stone, and tropical fruits. Great texture and density are perfectly balanced by acidity and structure. A subtle, tart flavor of rhubarb adds to a bright and lingering finish.
POINTS OF INTEREST
The Pecorino grape was facing extinction in the 80s and 90s. Today there has been a renaissance in the Abruzzo hills with many local produces championing this exciting native grape. Because of the low yields it fell out of fashion in the industrial age of farming, but now producers appreciate these low, concentrated yields that can produce an exception wine, full of flavor. The Bove family estate crafts an exception example.