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The Pecorino Grape


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About Pecorino

(Synonyms: Arquitano, Norcino, Pecorina Arquatanella, Pecorino di Osimo, Promotico, Uva delle Pecore, Uva Pecorina, Vissanello.)

Background

Map showing Offida in Italy.

Pecorino is a white-wine grape likely originating in the Monti Sibillini area of the Marches region of Italy. Today, it is grown primarily Offida and Ripatransone in the Italian province of Ascoli Piceno. For monovarietal Pecorino wines, the DOCG is Offida (though even there, the Pecorino can, technically, be cut with up to 15% of other local white-wine grapes).

The wines of Pecorino, which is rapidly rising in stature, are distinctly mineral, often with crisp, refreshing acidity and flavors of herbs, spices, and (of course) lemon.

Factoid: the name Pecorino derives from the Italian word for sheep; it is unrelated to Pecorino cheese—made from sheep’s milk—save in the possibility that the grapes was so named owing to sheep frequently nibbling the grapes off the vines (though it is often remarked that the cheese and the wine go well together).

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Some Descriptions of Pecorino Wines

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Some Pecorinos to Try

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Tiberio Pecorino
(Colline Pescaresi IGT, Abruzzo)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Cataldi Madonna “Giulia” Pecorino
(Terre Aquilane IGT, Abruzzo)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Saladini Pilastri Pecorino
(Offida Pecorino DOCG)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Poggio Anima “Gabriel” Pecorino
(Terre di Chieti IGT, Abruzzo)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Velenosi “Villa Angela”Pecorino
(Pecorino Offida DOCG)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Pecorino wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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