~ Wine of the Week ~
Casal Thaulero’s 2015 Borgo Thaulero Pecorino Terre di Chieti
I was asked by Chris Toscano, “Do you like Pinot Grigio? Do you also like new things? If you answered yes to both questions, I’m happy to report that your next obsession is just a sip away. Hailing from Abruzzo, Italy…”
I didn’t have to read any further. I love all of the styles of Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris. Done… New things? My middle name is adventure… I was in and the wine arrived. New thing: Pecorino… As with all imports, they’re a great value. This one is just $9.99 a bottle. You can’t go wrong, you just can’t.
The 2015 Borgo Thaulero Pecorino Terre di Chieti is typical for its varietal color of straw-yellow. The floral bouquet of jasmine and acacia is a knockout, followed by a bit of minerality on my palate and faint licorice finish was a very pleasant surprise. This is simply delicious wine. I highly recommend it to anyone whose wine adventures are like mine of “I love it, I’m chronicling it, and I’ll always be open when I see it on a shelf.” If you want a great, white wine value, here you go! It’s an Isabella Rossellini kind of wine, florally soft and yet a gentle touch of spice
Let’s Explore the Pecorino Wine Grape
[Image of Italy’s wine regions is borrowed from Wine Folly. If you’re interred in wine made easy, you really owe it to yourself to visit this very comprehensive and fun website.]
Botanists are inclined to believe that the Pecorino grape is native to Marche. [Check out the calf region of the boot on the Eastern Shore.] According to Kim Marcus of Wine Spectator: Pecorino is an “Italian white grape variety that was thought to be long lost until vines were found growing in a ravine in the Marche region…The wine has been brought back to life by vintners and growers, especially those in the Abruzzo region, a mountainous district in central Italy.” Jancis Robinson’s Wine Grapes, states there were barely 87 hectares (215 acres) of Pecorino in Italy in the year 2000, so it’s a comeback kid.
This is an Italian thin skinned, white grape variety. It originated by Benedictine research, in Arquata del Tronto, In Abruzzo it’s used for the sparkling wines of Controguerra. It’s also found in several Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) wines of that region.
The grape variety has great acidity and sugar content. It’s minerally and dry, with a straw-yellow, color. It’s bouquet is floral and a bit spicy.
It is believed that 800 years ago the Pecorino grape was born in Arquata del Tronto, of the central Italian province of Ascoli Piceno.
Today Pecorino is found mostly Italy’s eastern coastal regions: Not only in Marche, but also found in Chieti, Pescara, the Teramo provinces of Abruzzo, and in Liguria, Lazio, Tuscany, Umbria.
Pecorino, the grape’s name, had me wondering about Pecorino cheese. You, too? Pecorino stems from the Italian word pecora, meaning sheep, so that’s pretty definitive for the cheese. I didn’t know about this cheese, either, prior to getting this wine. (I’m not a cheese connoisseur.) There’s no existing link that the grape variety is linked to Pecorino wine, however, that I’ve found.