Tiberi l'Rosso, juicy summer fruits and ripe tomato with fresh herbs
Situated in northern Umbria, 350 metres above sea level near the picturesque village of Monte Petriolo, Tiberi is a fourth generation family winery tended to by Cesare Tiberi and his grandchildren Federico and Beatrice. Spanning less than 4 hectares, Tiberi’s small plots celebrate native red and white grape varieties including Gamay del Trasimeno, Ciliegiolo, Grechetto, Trebbiano and San Colombana on soil that is mostly rocky schist and brushed by dry Mediterranean winds. This link to the past – through the untouched soils and Cesare, who has always lived and worked in the village – makes for very rustic wines with soul. It’s no typo, the name of this wine begins with an apostrophe in a nod to the more Perugian pronunciation of ‘il rosso‘ (they tend to drop the ‘i‘ sound in this part of Italy). Made from 80% Gamay del Trasimeno, a little-known grape that confusingly has nothing to do with Gamay but is in fact a variety of Grenache that’s only found in this part of Umbria near Lake Trasimeno. Federico Tiberi describes this fellow as a ‘red with the heart of green’, which captures the essence - not to mention the flavour - of this light red so well. Juicy summer fruits and ripe tomatoes but also that unmistakeable herbal quality that you find in all of the Tiberi wines. We’re obsessed.
Oli + Sam, Natural Born Wine