Tenuta del Priore is a family-owned Abruzzese cantina making classic Pecorino, Passerina, Montepulciano & Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo wines from 40ha of vineyards near the village of Collecorvino, in the province of Pescara. The vineyards are located high up in sight of the Adriatic Sea, on calcareous clay soils rich with (calc) stones among the Colline Pescaresi.
The property has been owned by the Mazzocchetti family for many generations, who started bottling their wines in 1973. Fabrizio Mazzocchetti (pictured left) is the latest generation to assume responsibility for the estate, along with his father Antonio. Notably Fabrizio learned his trade outside Abruzzo, attending wine school in Florence before honing his (white) wine-making skills in Alto Adige at the the famous San Michele Appiano cantina, Bolzano. Fabrizio’s first vintage was in 2001 & since then he has worked hard to fine-tune the viticulture & vinification.
He is justly proud of his ‘Campotino’ range of wines, that delivers high quality & affordable drinking. The whites (Abruzzo Bianco, Pecorino & Passerina) are expertly made to give clear fruit expression & a sense of place, without the use of oak; as does the rosato Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo & the inky purple Montepulciano d’Abruzzo; refined in cement tanks.
‘Campotino’ Abruzzo Bianco, Colline Pescaresi IGT, Collecorvino
‘Campotino’ Pecorino, Colline Pescaresi IGT, Collecorvino
‘Campotino’ Passerina, Colline Pescaresi IGT, Collecorvino
‘Campotino’ Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, Collecorvino
‘Campotino’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Collecorvino
2017 ‘Campotino’ Abruzzo Bianco, Colline Pescaresi IGT, Collecorvino – bottled mid-March 2018. 50% Trebbiano, 31% Fiano, 19% Passerina. Lots of fruit, lemon sherbert and white peach, stony minerality, refreshing acidity. Soils are clay and limestone, West facing. Production was down this year due to Summer heat.
2017 ‘Campotino’ Pecorino, Colline Pescaresi IGT, Collecorvino – 13.5%abv, 100% Pecorino. Bottled February 2018. Grapes mature earlier than Passerina due to smaller berries and thin skin. Citrus focused, with lemon pith, mandarin and grapefruit, some floral notes. Textured and waxy on the palate, very mouth-watering acidity along with succulent fruit. Lots of matter, layered, with good lift and energy. The star of the 2017 vintage Tenuta del Priore range.
2017 ‘Campotino’ Passerina, Colline Pescaresi IGT, Collecorvino – 13%abv, 100% Passerina. Bottled February 2018. Ripe orchard fruit, waxy and mineral, a little fuller than the Pecorino, despite slightly lower alcohol due to larger grapes (more water). Balanced and harmonious, with refreshing acidity to complement the juicy fruit core, and a peppery note on the finish.
2017 ‘Campotino’ Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, Collecorvino – 100% Montepulciano. Slow 6-8 hr pressed fruit, very pretty pink colour, wild strawberry, peachy/cassis note, rose petal, harvested earlier than usual to maintain freshness, bright and refreshing.
2017 ‘Campotino’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Collecorvino – 100% Montepulciano. Hedgerow fruit, blackberries, redcurrant and dark cherries, juicy and inky, with fine fruit tannins, and a lightness of touch, peppery, with no oak (cement only), well balanced and open, with lovely purity of fruit.