The Gran Sasso wines are made by winemaker Filippo Baccalaro and young winemaker Rino Santeusanio and display a freshness and directness of fruit that sets them apart from other wines from this area.
Pecorino is a fairly rare variety, with only about 300 hectares planted in the Abruzzo and Le Marche regions. Its name derives from the fact that a bunch of Pecorino grapes was traditionally considered to have a similar shape to a sheep's head. The grapes for this wine come from a 16-year-old vineyard situated at approximately 150 metres above sea level.
30% of the wine was fermented in lightly toasted Austrian oak casks with a capacity of 4,000 litres with internal temperature control. The rest was fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures (12°C). The wine was then matured for six months in steel and two months in oak.
Light yellow-gold in colour, the 2015 Pecorino has a lightly spiced nose from the partial oak ageing which gives way to a fine, floral and ripe citrus fruit character on the palate. It shows a good length with ripe pear characters on the finish.