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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 'COLLINE PESCARESI'

  • SKU:

    +71431

  • VINTAGE:

    2020

  • GRAPE:

    100% Pecorino

  • FORMAT:

    12-pack

  • TASTING NOTES, RATINGS & REVIEWS:
  • The 2020 Pecorino opens with crushed, mineral stones and dusty dried flowers. It gains in depth as notes of yellow apple, nectarine and fennel evolve in the glass. This is silky, soothing and ripe, contrasted by bright acids and salty minerals, with penetrating herbal-tinged stone fruits and an attractive inner smokiness. It tapers off incredibly long and savory. In fact, at times, the flavor profile reminds me more of food than wine, with a note of umami that resonates throughout. This is highly enjoyable today, but make sure to also lose a few in the cellar. The Pecorino benefitted from a longer growing season and later harvest, which packed a lot of extra character into this wine.❞ – Eric Guido, Vinous (April 2021)
  • 92 POINTS – Eric Guido, Vinous (April 2021)
82402 Wwsi

TREBBIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC

  • SKU:

    +82402

  • VINTAGE:

    2021

  • GRAPE:

    100% Trebbiano Abruzzese

  • FORMAT:

    12-pack

  • TASTING NOTES, RATINGS & REVIEWS:
  • The 2020 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo lifts up, more savory than sweet and decidedly floral. Dusty dried flowers and incense give way to hints of crushed raw almonds. Its round textures find balance, as a wave of brisk acids and mineral-tinged orchard fruits cascade across the palate. A gentle tug of citrus and hints of peach linger. The 2020 is a remarkably pretty and lifted vintage for Tiberio's Trebbiano.❞ – Eric Guido, Vinous (April 2021)
  • 91 POINTS – Vinous, Antonio Galloni (April 2021)
Trebbianofc Bottle

TREBBIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC 'FONTE CANALE'

  • VINTAGE:

    2018

  • GRAPE:

    100% Trebbiano Abruzzese

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • NOTE:

    Limited quantity.
    Contact us to order.

  • TASTING NOTES, RATINGS & REVIEWS:
  • Full straw yellow with a green tinge. White peach, jasmine, lemon verbena, minerals and musk on the nose. Concentrated, sweet and deep but surprisingly open-knit today with flavours similar to the aromas. A building saline quality adds an element of interest to the lingering finish that features a strong note of lime. This seems approachable now but has the stuffing to age. Drinking window: 2023-2030.❞ – Ian d'Agata, Terrior Sense
  • You could lose yourself in the bouquet of the 2018 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Fonte Canale. Lemon confit and exotic sweet florals gain further depths through notes of dried apricot, flint and crushed limestone. This enters the palate silky and pliant, yet it firms up quickly, becoming more angular, as salty acids and minerals saturate, giving way to hints of young mango and sour melon. An almondy richness resonates through the long and tension-filled finale, with tart orchard fruits lingering incredibly long. Wow. The 2018 is a wonderfully complete and harmonious vintage of Fonte Canale that will enjoy a long and open drinking window. At the time of tasting, this was transporting me to Puligny-Montrachet.❞ – Eric Guido, Vinous (April 2021)
  • 96 POINTS – Ian d'Agata, Terrior Sense
  • 95 POINTS – Eric Guido, Vinous (April 2021)
169885

CERASUOLO D'ABRUZZO DOC

  • SKU:

    +169885

  • VINTAGE:

    2020

  • GRAPE:

    100% Montepulciano

  • FORMAT:

    12-pack

  • TASTING NOTES, RATINGS & REVIEWS:
  • Pretty in pink, yet verging on red and packed full of character, the 2020 Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo lifts up from the glass with beguiling depths of crushed stone, wild strawberries, nectarine and zesty citrus. It’s vibrant, seeming to sizzle upon the senses with pent-up tension, as ripe red fruits ride a wave of stimulating acidity, leaving sweet inner florals in their wake. Enriching notes of spice, pomegranate and cherry pits linger through the long, slightly grippy and mouthwatering finale. Pour me another, please. This wine is made from a single vineyard with clay soils and a southern exposure, which was specifically tailored to grow Montepulciano for Cerasuolo. I thought it was interesting to hear from Cristiana Tiberio that she prefers to drink these wines young to properly enjoy the framing tannins that soften a bit too much over time. That said, you could easily cellar this for a number of years. PS: The vibrant color comes from all free-run juice.❞ – Eric Guido, Vinous (June 2021)
  • 91 POINTS – Eric Guido, Vinous (June 2021)
136628 Wwsi

MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC

  • SKU:

    +136628

  • VINTAGE:

    2020

  • GRAPE:

    100% Montepulciano

  • FORMAT:

    12-pack

  • TASTING NOTES, RATINGS & REVIEWS:
  • The 2019 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo has a dark and impenetrable deep purple color. In the glass the 2019 develops an intense display of crushed rocks, savory exotic spice, lavender and black raspberries. This is velvety and rich in texture. It drenches the palate in a concentrated wave of ripe wild berry fruits, with brisk acids working to offset the wine's youthful, primary vigour. There’s an inner sweetness here, which can currently be sensed more than tasted, along with notes of sweet herbs, violets and wild botanicals. The 2019 finishes structured, almost chewy and incredibly persistent. This is far from your average bottle of Montepulciano, and it will require a few years to come fully into focus. In 2019, Tiberio lost about 40% of their Montepulciano crop due to the cold temperatures in May. This wine shows that natural selection through its intensity, making this vintage something of a rare bird and one to seek.❞ – Eric Guido, Vinous (April 2021)
  • 92 POINTS – Eric Guido, Vinous (April 2021)
Archivio Bottle

MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC 'ARCHIVIO'

  • VINTAGE:

    2017

  • GRAPE:

    100% Montepulciano

  • FORMAT:

    6-pack

  • NOTE:

    Limited quantity.
    Contact us to order.

  • TASTING NOTES, RATINGS & REVIEWS:
  • Garnering an official “wow” from the very first tilt of the glass, the 2017 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Archivio is breathtaking. Roses, violets, stone dust and sour citrus set the stage, deepening with notes of ripe blackberries, cherries and hints of brown spice. It’s profoundly textural, as a silky wave ushers in ripe red and hints of blue fruit, spice, licorice and sweet lavender. This dances across the palate, pliant and soothing at times but then angular and boisterous at others, leaving a fine coating of saturating tannin behind. I love the harmony here, already so likable yet also youthfully reserved. My best advice is to check in on at least one bottle now, but to lose the rest in your cellar for a number of years. The Archivio is produced from four separate biotypes in Cristiana Tiberio’s vineyard. These are the oldest of her vines, averaging 60 years, and all are pergola-trained, growing in clay-rich soils. Also, due to the thicker skins and need for oxygen during vinification, 30% of the wine is matured for twelve months in new barrique. This is a whole new level for Tiberio Montepulciano.❞ – Eric Guido, Vinous (April 2021)
  • 95+ POINTS – Vinous, Antonio Galloni (April 2021)

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