92 points Vinous
"Bright deep pink. Musky aromas and flavors of dried cherry and rhubarb, with hints of licorice and herbs adding complexity. Broad and deep on the palate, displaying a chewy, fleshy texture typical of the hot year but also very good freshness. Finishes with serious grip and lingering florality."
Best Italian Rosato wine of the year. "A tie. Not the two highest scoring wines of my year, but all things considered, two of the most fun and memorable: the 2017 Bonavita Faro, Sicily and the 2017 Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo. The former offers a magical combination of fleshy fruitiness and exotic spicy charm, the latter a refreshing, precise mouthful of Montepulciano fruit aglow in its rightful bright red color at a time when Abruzzo legislators, in a misguided effort to follow today’s fad of paler thank pale pink wines, are allowing the travesty of pale colored Cerasuolo wines that have no tradition and no historical reference point."
"Pale fuchsia. Fresh nose that is quite lemony, but the palate strikes the right note with super-fresh raspberry fruit. The perfect summer wine and one with interest too. 16.5/20 points. (WS)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
The story of Azienda Agricola Tiberio rings more like a new world tale than one from the old world of the ancient lands beneath the Majella and Gran Sasso mountains in Abruzzo. At 350 meters, twenty three miles inland from the seaside city of Pescara near the hillside town of Cugnoli, Riccardo Tiberio found an old plot of Trebbiano Abruzzese vines roughly 50 years old so impressive that he decided to change his and his family’s destiny. Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Tiberio is made entirely from indigenous Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes, original and old clones in order to guarantee the identity and the traditional flavors of Cerasuolo wine. The fruit comes from one specific block of Montepulciano that is a cooler sight than where the fruit for the regular Montepulciano comes from. Tasting Notes: Bright pinkish-red color. Fresh aromas and flavors of red cherry and small red berries. Lovely acid-fruit balance with a bright, crisp, clean, floral finish. Food Pairings: pizza, pasta, fish dishes with sauce, cheese and meat.