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Contesa Abruzzo Pecorino 2016 £13.45
CONTESA ABRUZZO PECORINO 2016
Rocco Pasetti's superbly sited 30 hectare estate lies in the heart of the Collecorvino district in the hills northwest of Pescara, recognised as one of the best vineyard zones in Abruzzo.
Surrounding the winery the south-facing slopes of clay-chalk soils, at around 250m altitude, are ideal for the cultivation of Montepulciano, with Pecorino grown on the lower slopes. The cellar was completed in 2004 - carved into the hillside. Rocco's son, Franco Pasetti, is also a winemaker and now works alongside him at the estate.
The Contesa wines are impeccably made expressions of Abruzzo's local grapes - modern and easy to drink, yet wines of real substance.
Pecorino has become very fashionable, and is now one of Italy's fastest-growing white varieties - 'though still not widely planted. It's a perfect accompaniment to the fantastic seafood of Abruzzo.
Ripe honeyed nose with aromas of white peach and citrus fruits, and gently nutty, savoury notes. The palate is full and textured with delicate ripe fruit flavours leading to a long, spicy finish.
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