This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Eric Guido’s article, Abruzzo and Molise: More Than Meets the Eye . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “The time has come to dig into Abruzzo and Molise, regions that offer everything from easy-drinking wines to world-class bottles, all while delivering terrific value. My recent tastings suggest the wines have come a long way - and this is just the beginning.” --Eric Guido, Abruzzo and Molise: More Than Meets the Eye, April 2021 1. 2016 Amorotti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2. 2017 Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Malandrino 3. 2019 De Fermo Pecorino Don Carlino 4. 2012 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne 5. 2016 Emidio Pepe Pecorino 6. 2018 Fattoria Nicodemi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Terrana 7. 2019 Tiberio Pecorino 8. 2019 Tiberio Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 9. 2019 Torre dei Beati Pecorino Giocheremo Con i Fiori 10. 2018 Umani Ronchi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Jorio

Umani Ronchi

Jorio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2018 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Jorio takes its time opening up in the glass. At first the wine is smoky with peppery florals and hints of camphor. Patience is rewarded, as this deepens with shades of violet, giving way to crushed blackberry and hints of spiced citrus. It’s silky yet lifted in feel, with juicy acids and soothingly ripe red and black fruits. This closes incredibly fresh with a flourish of pretty inner florals and hints of licorice. The 2018 Jorio really captures the energy of the vintage and is a pleasure to taste. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2021)
— a year ago

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Fattoria Nicodemi

Terrana Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018

Delectable Wine
8.8

The 2018 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Terrana is a darker and moodier expression, as fresh coffee grinds give way to brown spice, then peppery herbs and finally crushed raspberries. It’s soft and pliant in the mouth, with cooling acids and minerals, as tart wild berry fruits and hints of fine tannin create a more tactile feel toward the close. This tapers off dry and youthfully poised with a hint of licorice lingering long. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2021)
— a year ago

Emidio Pepe

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2012 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne is smoky, meaty and packed full of dark fruit intensity. Notes of black currant, wild brush herbs, white pepper and tobacco can be found from start to finish. It’s soft upon entry and almost fragile in feel, with a tactile mix of nervous acidity and grippy young tannins that keep the expression achingly youthful. There are depths of tart woodland berries and savory spices fighting to surface from beneath the 2012’s hulking structure, yet only time will tell if they’ll ever succeed, as today, this is all elbows and knees. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2021)
— a year ago

Torre dei Beati

Giocheremo Con i Fiori Abruzzo Pecorino 2019

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2019 Pecorino Giocheremo Con i Fiori has a deep golden color. A captivating bouquet mixes candied ginger with dusty florals, wild herbs, incense and crushed, green apple. This is silky and rich, boasting a noticeable inner sweetness, balanced by stimulating acids and mineral-tinged orchard fruits. While extroverted and ripe in style, energy remains high throughout, as this tapers off spicy with a hint of sour melon that keeps the mouth watering for more. The Pecorino for the Giocheremo Con i Fiori is fermented and aged on the lees for six months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2021)
— a year ago

Emidio Pepe

Colli Aprutini Pecorino 2016

Delectable Wine
8.9

The 2016 Pecorino is wonderfully fresh but also a bit withdrawn. Gingery spice, ripe yellow apples, hints of candied citrus and an enriching note of almond paste creates an alluring display. This is silky in texture, contrasted by nervous acidity which makes for a juicy experience, as ripe orchard fruits taper off to salty, savory mineral tones. It buzzes with residual tension throughout the finish, along with a hint of hazelnut. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2021)
— a year ago

Cataldi Madonna

Malandrino Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2017 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Malandrino is pretty and poised in the glass, leading off with mineral-laced cherry and blueberry, earthy mineral tones and hints of animal muskiness. It soothes the palate with silky textures, while cool-toned red berries with a salty-savory twang of acid adds tension. This closes long and pure, with hints of grippy tannins balancing its ripe fruit persona, as the mouth waters for another sip. Well done. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2021)
— a year ago

Amorotti

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is fruit-forward and intense, showing balsamic-spiced raspberry with exotic florals and cherry tobacco. Velvety textures are firmed up by a more savory set of red and blue fruits. Brisk acids add further energy, creating a perfectly balanced expression. This is long and structured, tugging at the cheeks with grippy tannins and lingering minerals, yet its primary fruit remains front and center. Although you’d expect the 2016 Amorotti to be a bigger wine from its bouquet, instead it handles its 14% abv with ease and will likely improve with a few years of cellaring. (Eric Guido, Vinous,April 2021)
— a year ago

Tiberio

Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2019

Delectable Wine
8.9

The 2019 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo is so easy to like, with a bouquet of raw almond and crushed stone with honeyed apples and hints of fresh mint. This soothes the palate with soft textures and ripe orchard fruits, as a mix of salty minerals and brisk acids add tension toward the close. The 2019 is harmonious, youthfully spry and packed full of character, as it tapers off mouthwatering yet grippy under an air of inner florals. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2021)
— a year ago

Tiberio

Colline Pescaresi Pecorino 2019

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2019 Pecorino is a more elegant and savory expression of the variety, wafting up notes of green melon, geranium, hints of citrus and spring flowers. It’s silky upon entry, contrasted by bright acidity and tart orchard fruits, yet also with a cooling hint of fresh mint. This tapers off crunchy and nervous in feel, with cheek-puckering freshness and salty minerality. Enjoy the 2019 today for its pretty personality or through short-term cellaring. I must admit to finding its fragile personality quite appealing, and it’s such a contrast to most of the Pecorino coming out of the region today. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2021)
— a year ago

Nicoletta de Fermo

Don Carlino Abruzzo Pecorino 2019

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2019 Pecorino Don Carlino is spicy and sweetly floral, with a whiff of ginger giving way to spring flowers and a hint of wet stone. It’s soft in texture, with a pretty inner sweetness offset by salty acids, as minerals and tart orchard fruits create a display of tension toward the close. Hints of spiced orange and tangerine linger through the long and cheek-puckering finale. The 2019 Don Carlino is a stunning expression of Pecorino, yet it could use a year of cellaring to come fully into focus. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2021)
— a year ago