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2015, Jasci & Marchesani (J&M), Pecorino Biologico, Abruzzo Superiore DOC, Italy
About the Maker: Founded in 1967 by Sebastiano Jasci and wife Lucia Marchesani. Sons Nicola and Ludovico now run day-to-day operations in collaboration with Mom and Dad.
About the Vineyard: Located in Abruzzo (halfway up the boot), J&M grow Pecorino in their Monteodorisio vineyard near the town of Vasto on the Adriatic coast. Here, slope, aspect, soil, and sea influence this small-production white grape.
About the Grape: Having no connection to the famous cheese of Sicily, Pecorino the grape is native to central Italy. Known by myriad pseudonyms, it is said local sheep had an affinity for grazing this particular berry.
‘Pecorino’ is now its most common name.
About Sustainability: Certified Organic.
Inspired to alter growing practices in 1978 after Nicola asked, “Why can’t we hear crickets anymore?” Convinced the use of sprays was harmful to their ecosystem, J&M embarked on the path of organic and good-to-the-earth practices long before it became a mainstream movement.
About the Wine: Presenting a stunning golden appearance, aromas of flowers and yellow apples inspire, while cleansing flavours of apples and nectarines highlight the palate. The finish concludes dry, stoney and long.
About Cepage: 100 % Pecorino (white)
About Pairing: Pair with medium cheeses, charcuterie, tuna tartare, or cream pastas.
About Availability: Check liquorconnect.com (call the listed store too).
About Price: $24