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TIBERIO

Tiberio is a family owned estate, specializing in wines made from authentic Abruzzo native grape varieties.

Tiberio

The Story

The story of 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 above sea level, twenty-three miles inland from the seaside city of Pescara, near the lovely medieval hillside town of Cugnoli, Riccardo Tiberio found a very old plot of Trebbiano Abruzzese vines, which, despite the variety’s name, is a rarity in Abruzzo. Riccardo was so impressed and excited by his discovery of these roughly 60 years old vines that he decided to change his and his family’s destiny.

He made the plunge in 2000, purchasing the eight hectare plot of Trebbiano Abruzzese vines he had fallen in love with, along with another 31 hectares of land suitable for planting and the production of single estate wines. Guided by decades of personal experience and one of Italy’s most renowned nurseries, Riccardo planted a selection of indigenous varieties matched to the different soil characteristics in the vineyard. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano Abruzzese, and Aglianico were planted along with Pecorino and Moscato di Castiglione clones from ancient vines in the area. And so it was that when Tiberio released its first vintage in 2004, the wine cognoscenti took notice of Tiberio’s mineral whites and fruit forward reds.

In 2008, Riccardo Tiberio handed over the reins of the winery to his highly competent children, daughter Cristiana and son Antonio. The role of viticulturalist goes to Antonio while Cristiana handles the winemaking duties. She is a chemistry graduate with training stints in Champagne and Australia backed by repeated visits to the Mosel and Chablis. In 2011 she took over all the winemaking duties and is now solely responsible for the wines made at the estate. At that time, Antonio and Cristiana also decided to uproot the international varieties and to replace them with more Pecorino and Trebbiano Abruzzese. They chose to use massal selections from their oldest vines because over the years they found that their massal selections gave much deeper, more complex, and altogether better wines than those made from clonal selections.

Tiberio’s Trebbiano Abruzzese vines are especially noteworthy as they are not just amongst the oldest in Abruzzo but because they are the real thing. True Trebbiano Abruzzese is rare; much of Abruzzo’s vineyards are actually planted to Bombino Bianco, Mostosa, and Trebbiano Toscano which were until very recently routinely confused with Trebbiano Abruzzese. However, while the four share similar features they are distinct varieties. Trebbiano Abruzzese is the most noble of the four, producing wines that while delicate and light bodied have greater depth and complexity. Also noteworthy is that Tiberio’s Pecorino vines, planted in 2000, are amongst the oldest in the region.

The Trebbiano Abruzzese and Pecorino varieties are planted on mainly limestone soils. This, in combination with the cool breezes from the mountains and ocean, produces wines of minerality in which balanced acidity and structure are a hallmark. The Montepulciano is planted on mianly limestone-clay soils.

The estate and its wines have won numerous accolades in a very short time span. Gambero Rosso has bestowed at least Due Bicchieri on all of their wines each vintage, as well as a string of Tre Bicchieri for their 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Pecorino, an extremely hot and much loved white wine in Italy. Furthermore, the UK’s prestigious Decanter magazine has named Tiberio “one of Italy’s Rising Stars” estates in 2013. Last but not least, rave reviews from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar have further confirmed Agricola Tiberio’s stature as one of Italy’s finest wine producers.

The Tiberio siblings have one goal in mind: make wines that clearly speak of the varieties and the land they come from.

Pecorino New

PECORINO IGT

  • SKU:

    +71431

  • VINTAGE:

    2018

  • GRAPE:

    100% Pecorino

  • FORMAT

    12-pack

  • TASTING NOTES, RATINGS & REVIEWS:
  • Luminous yellow, with just a hint of a pale green tinge. The lively nose offers aromas of lemon, lime and minerals, nicely lifted by lemon verbena and jasmine notes. Then steely and boasting noteworthy clarity and cut to the fresh lime, guava and green apple flavors. Closes juicy and with a laser-like acidity extending a hint of wild fennel on the long back end. Easily the best Pecorino wine Tiberio has made in the last few years.❞ – Ian D’Agata, Vinous (October 2019)
  • Cristiana Tiberio planted out Pecorino from just five old vines discovered in her vineyard. Sage and lemongrass aromas meet custard apple, winter melon and green apple. Chewy and packed with flavour, the palate is underscored by searing acidity.❞ – Michaela Morris, Decanter (September 2019)
  • 93 POINTS – Vinous, Antonio Galloni (October 2019)
  • 92 POINTS – Decanter World Wine (September 2019)
Trebbiano New

TREBBIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC

  • SKU:

    +82402

  • VINTAGE:

    2018

  • GRAPE:

    100% Trebbiano Abruzzese

  • FORMAT

    12-pack

  • TASTING NOTES, RATINGS & REVIEWS:
  • Luminous straw-green. Perfumed pomaceous orchard fruits, minerals, lemon verbena and a hint of anise on the nose. Then very pretty, nuanced flavours of lemon ice and flinty minerality showcase intense inner-mouth perfume. A wine of impeccable balance, and very persistent and fragrant on the pure finish. Extremely strong for an entry-level Trebbiano d'Abruzzo. The Tiberio family has an uncanny ability to make outstanding Trebbiano d'Abruzzo every year, no doubt thanks to their individual talents, but also because of some marvelously old vines (as much as 60-80 years of age) that can weather and adapt to just about every growing season's climatic conditions. Such is the magic of old vines.❞ – Ian D’Agata, Vinous (September 2019)
  • 91 POINTS – Vinous, Antonio Galloni (September 2019)
Tiberio Cerasuolo

CERASUOLO D'ABRUZZO DOC

  • SKU:

    +169885

  • VINTAGE:

    2018

  • GRAPE:

    100% Montepulciano

  • FORMAT

    12-pack

  • TASTING NOTES, RATINGS & REVIEWS:
  • Luminous pink-red. Bright aromas of red cherry, redcurrant, blood orange and botanical herbs. Then bright and juicy, with laser-like acidity lifting and extending the red fruit flavours on the juicy, long, floral and slightly saline finish. A very precise, seamless Cerasuolo with no hard edges and a sneaky concentration.❞ – Ian D’Agata, Vinous (May 2019)
  • 92 POINTS – Vinous, Antonio Galloni (May 2019)
Montepulciano Bottle

MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC

  • SKU:

    +136628

  • VINTAGE:

    2017

  • GRAPE:

    100% Montepulciano

  • FORMAT

    12-pack

  • TASTING NOTES, RATINGS & REVIEWS:
  • Vibrant red. Captivating aromas of red currant, dark plum, blueberry, licorise and Oriental spices. Broad and ripe on entry, then luscious in the middle, finishing with a riper mouthfeel than is usual for this wine, but in keeping with the 2017 vintage (dry and hot). Finishes long, with serious, building tannins and noteworthy sweetness. This is a real miracle considering the vintage's less-than-stellar growing season; timely rainfall at the end of September provided much-needed liquid refreshment for the Montepulciano, allowing the vines to recover from the summer drought and heat and benefit from longer hang times. One a side note, wine lovers have something else to look forward to, as the 2018 vats of Montepulciano I tried during my cellar visit were absolutely superb; they are undoubtedly the best entry-level Montepulciano wines Tiberio has ever made, so there's something to really look forward to here.❞ – Ian D’Agata, Vinous (September 2019)
  • 92 POINTS – Vinous, Antonio Galloni (September 2019)

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