This is a third generation estate founded in 1830 and certified organic since 1991. Their commitment to their land includes placing 25 bird nests per hectare plus using the “sexual confusion technique” (using pheromone traps which male insects mate with, leaving the females barren) to combat damaging insects as well as the refusal to use chemicals to combat fungal infections. They were one of our best discoveries at VinItaly 2012.
Agriverde Pecorino Riseis 2012, Terre de Chietti Abruzzo ORGANIC
100% Pecorino which brings both refreshing citrus and white fruit notes and a dry, almondy finish. This is one of our favorite seafood wines from anywhere at any price.
Azienda Agricola Giovanni Faraone, Giulianova Abruzzo
One of the oldest and most traditional producers in the zona as well as a big local favorite, Giovanni is overshadowed only by Valentini in the ranks of truly interesting Trebbiano producers, makes two rich and meaty yet truly elegant reds and THEN makes a late harvest vino di meditazione version of Montepulciano of which he often jokes, “Vin Santo is for the local priest, THIS is for the Cardinal!”. Enjoy…
Faraone Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Selezione le Vigne 2010
Faraone Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Santa Maria dell’Arco 2001
This is one of the gems of Italy: pure minerality underpins a rich frosting of apple and pear fruit plus wild flower, exotic spices and nutty nuances on the nose. The Selezione le Vigne sees no wood but considerable time on the lees while the Santa Maria is Giovanni’s ultimate expression of Trebbiano (this is the CURRENT release!). Both can mature for years in the manner of great Chablis but will be exciting right now with any seafood, veal, pork or lighter chicken dish you throw at them.
Valle Martello, Villamagna, Abruzzo
Four generations of the Masci family are active in the winemaking here (well, the little kids are mostly there for inspiration…) and the results are not only a direct line to the terroir of the rugged hills of the Abruzzo but are also very affordable. We just landed the full line of traditional varieties: Trebbiano, Montepulciano and Cerasuolo (Rosato Montepulciano) and will have a rare varietal bottling of the Cococciola grape later this year. Collect all three: when you line up the bottles the labels recreate the famous Sleeping Giant mountain range of the zona.
Valle Martello Colline Teatine
Cococciola (coh-coh-CHEE-oh-lah) Brado 2006, Abruzzo
The Sylvaner of the South? This is the only varietal bottling of Cococciola we have ever seen and has a very lively mouthfeel with strong minerals and a nice almond note then finishes VERY dry. Our friend Katia Masci, the director of this multi-generational cantina, is very proud of this wine and we’re overjoyed to bring it to you.
Emidio Pepe, Torano Nuovo, Abruzzo
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2004
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2006
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2008
Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2009
To paraphrase Rod Serling…“White wine from another dimension of space and time…welcome to the Trebbiano Zona!”