Fantini Terre di Chieti Pecorino IGT 2020


95 POINTS: Luca Maroni
BEST ITALIAN PRODUCER 2016,17,19: Luca Maroni

"Straw yellow with golden highlights. Fresh and light with bouquets of melons, green apple and peaches. Undertones of honey. This wine shows excellent intensity and concentration, round and full body. Balanced, smooth consistency and vibrant freshness in the final. Ideal with rich first courses, white meat and cheese. Excellent with seafood soup and grilled fish." Winery Notes

"Nose of apricot and pineapple, beautiful floral trace of acacia and balsamic at the end of the smell, vertical and taut mouth, salty and with a nice persistence." Luca Gardini

An exciting new dry white from Italy.

A small, delicately pale grape, Pecorino is happy from higher mountain altitudes all the way down to hillside slopes to the coast, and thrives in Italy’s Abruzzo region (although you’ll also find it in Marche, Umbria, Liguria, and Tuscany). The grape itself has an exceptionally high sugar content and tends to reflect the terroir without reserve — it’s both sensitive and expressive, not unlike Pinot Noir, so it’s a grape for a patient, dedicated winemaker. 

The beauty of Pecorino is its versatility: It can go unoaked, or take a kiss of oak; and it can land soft on the palate with stone-fruit sweetness overlaid by florals and delicate herbal notes, with lively bracing acidity and even sometimes an almost saline minerality, depending on the bottle (and the variation is worth exploring, vineyard to vineyard). The alcohol can creep up to as much as 14 percent, but treat such a wine like you would a big moody red, making it prime for winter sipping with a nice cheese board and some prosciutto or dry figs or maybe an herbed pork roast — subtly sweet, nutty, savory.