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Pecorino Abruzzo, Contesa 2021

White Wine from Italy - Central Italy -Tuscany, Umbria
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Rocco Pasetti was one of the very first to champion the excellent Abruzzo white grape, pecorino, and he's become a bit of an expert. With green-apple scent and lemon rind and mineral notes on the linear, refreshing palate, this Italian white pairs wonderfully with fresh salads, seafood or herb roasted chicken.
Price: £9.95 Bottle
Price: £59.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: IT33861

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Pecorino
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2025
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, plastic

Contesa

Rocco Pasetti is one of the most dynamic and talented producers we know and a great champion of wines of the Abruzzo. He was for many years the chief winemaker of the Roxan cooperative and one of the reasons we chose their Montepulciano as a Society wine.

More recently he bought his own estate, Vigna Corvino, with 30 hectares outside Pescara, planted with montepulciano and the local white grape pecorino. He also created his own model winery in the centre of the vines. These are planted on gentle hills between the Appennini mountains and the Adriatic sea – at 250 metres above sea level – with moderate rainfall and clay soils, which produce fragrant, rich wines. Rocco has abandoned weed killers and pesticides in favour of more natural methods.

The cellar was completed in 2004 and is carved into the hillside. As well as temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, the winery boasts a barrel room filled with Slavonian oak barrels.

Rocco, his wife Patrizia, sons Franco and Ugo and daughter Perla have frequently visited and met members at our Italian tastings. Contesa means ‘quarrel’ in Italian and is a nod back to Rocco’s winemaking great grandfather, who fought a hard battle with a local landowner to preserve his own vineyards back in 1903.

Cottingham Times

A modern and easy-to-drink wine of real substance … a perfect accompaniment to the fantastic seafood of the Abruzzo region and a stellar example from one of the pecorino grape's leading proponents. You'll ...
A modern and easy-to-drink wine of real substance … a perfect accompaniment to the fantastic seafood of the Abruzzo region and a stellar example from one of the pecorino grape's leading proponents. You'll immediately notice the ripe honeyed nose with gentle aromas of white peach and citrus fruits and warm nutty savoury notes. The palate is full and textured with pronounced minerality and delicate ripe fruit flavours leading to a long, spicy finish. Pairs perfectly with fish and seafood (especially if it's Italian) and with white meat and cheese.
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Roy Woodcock

Belfast News Letter

... fabulously fresh, lively and zesty ... This elegant, well-structured Italian white has a complex palate wherein pronounced lemon and peach flavours mingle with apricot, hazelnut and minerally...
... fabulously fresh, lively and zesty ... This elegant, well-structured Italian white has a complex palate wherein pronounced lemon and peach flavours mingle with apricot, hazelnut and minerally backnotes before a clean, tingly finish. One for seafood or salads.
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Raymond Gleug

JancisRobinson.com

Straw yellow. Quite a powerful nose of cut lemon and gooseberry that's a little reminiscent of sauvignon blanc, which is probably on purpose. Green-apple and gooseberry palate with a fresh almond and...
Straw yellow. Quite a powerful nose of cut lemon and gooseberry that's a little reminiscent of sauvignon blanc, which is probably on purpose. Green-apple and gooseberry palate with a fresh almond and lemon finish. Not super-genuine or typical but should appeal to sauvignon fans. 15.5/20
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Walter Speller

Wine Uncorked

Sweet apple and melon flavours have a richness that is cut through with lemon and celery dryness. A wine to match hearty meals like chicken in sage sauce.

Paula Goddard

Portsmouth News

… a lovely example of the pecorino grape. There are various stories as to how this old grape variety got its name. 'Pecore' is Italian for sheep, and whether it was because sheep would eat this early...
… a lovely example of the pecorino grape. There are various stories as to how this old grape variety got its name. 'Pecore' is Italian for sheep, and whether it was because sheep would eat this early ripening variety on the vine or the fact that the bunches look a little like a sheep's head, there is no doubt that pecorino has found a home in the Abruzzo region. Try this with the classic Italian tomato and bread salad, panzanella.
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Alistair Gibson

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