2019 Umani Ronchi Pecorino, Terre di Chieti, Vellodoro IGT, Abbruzo, Italy

2019 Umani Ronchi Pecorino, Terre di Chieti, Vellodoro IGT, Abbruzo, Italy

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“Aromas of juniper berries, sliced apples, lemon zest, pineapple and crushed almonds. It’s medium-bodied with bright acidity. Delicious fruit concentration with a focused, mineral finish. Drink now.” – 92 points, James Suckling.com

The name of Pecorino grape variety, also known as “grape of the sheep” (preferred grape eaten by grazing sheep, and thus named for the cheese produced from the sheep’s milk), derives from the strong connection between sheep farming and agriculture, and the presence of this grape variety in the areas of shepherds’ transhumance. In the past this grape variety, thanks to its high aromas concentration, its good alcohol content, and even more thanks to its wonderful acidity which is the most distinct-ive characteristic of Pecorino, was used to improve the quality of wines produced with other varieties. Pecorino growing had almost disappeared because of its very low productivity, and varieties which were quality wise of a lower level, but which had a higher productivity, had been preferred to Pecorino. Umani Ronchi produced its first Pecorino vintage in 2007.

Pecorino vines are organically farmed at Umani Ronchi’s Roseto degli Abruzzi estate that overlooks the Grand Sasso mountain.

Soils in Terre di Chieti are mainly clay—sandy, deep and rather fresh. The area enjoys a good diurnal temperature range which grants elegance and complexity of aromas, and beautiful acid balance.

100% Pecorino is hand picked in September.  After a light pressing, the prime must is rapidly cooled and then goes through static decantation. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 16‐18°C for about 10/15
days. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine rests in stainless steel tanks for about 4 months, in contact with its own yeasts.

 

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