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    Concrete L.A. Rosso - Montepulciano

    Type of wine
    type of wineRood
    Producer
    Country
    Grape variety
    Montepulciano
    Region
    Abruzzen
    Ageing
    Tank van beton / cement
    Vintage
    Vinification
    Kneuzen, vergisting in een tank van cement/beton, met de schillen en het natuurlijke gist, persen

    Montepulciano | wijngaard 280 - 310 meter boven zeeniveau | 11 ha, kalkrijke klei | gisting en rijping op beton, 10-12 maanden | puur | donker fruit | veel drinkplezier | iets wild

    De Fermo

    De Fermo is het verhaal van Stefano en zijn vrouw Eloisa. Beiden voordat het wijnmaak avontuur begon werkzaam in de juridische wereld in Bologna. De familie van Eloisa heeft een wijngaard in de Abruzzen en in 2007 gaan ze daar samen op bezoek. Stefano is direct verliefd op de plek en besluit hier wijn te gaan maken. In eerste instantie maar met een klein deel van de wijngaarden, maar in 2009 nemen Eloisa en Stefano het hele bedrijf over en starten ze ook direct met de conversie naar biodynamie. Nu zijn de wijngaarden biologisch en biodynamisch gecertificeerd. 
    Later vind Stefano begraven onder het oude huis een meer dan 200 jaar oude kelder. Hij is dit gaan uitgraven en restaureren en vanaf 2010 worden hier de wijnen gemaakt. 
    De wijngaarden zijn vooral beplant met Montepulciano en Pecorino (beiden tipisch voor de regio) maar ook Chardonnay staat aangeplant. Deze wijngaard is al in 1926 aangeplant door de oom van Eloisa en is een van de oudste Chardonnay wijngaarden van Italië!

    Review

    The 2019 Rosso Concrete wafts up a perfumed and pretty display of fresh violets, wild strawberries and wet stone. It’s soft and fleshy in feel, energized by brilliant acidity, which also works to balance its ripe red and hints of blue fruit. This tapers off juicy and fresh, with a twang of minerality that frames the expression nicely. Enjoy with a slight chill for maximum effect. It’s important to note that the Concrete no longer carries the DOC classification, yet it remains a varietal Montepulciano. 90/100 Eric Guido

    I’ve been watching steady improvements in both quality and precision at the De Fermo winery for a number of years now. In a region like Abruzzo, where far too many wines get by on their élevage rather than terroir and purity of fruit, tasting through this portfolio has always provided a breath of fresh air. The story of husband-and-wife team Stefano Papetti Ceroni and Eloisa de Fermo isn’t your typical Italian winemaking fairy tale; instead it’s one of working three jobs, while chasing a dream and raising a young family. The De Fermo vineyards are located in Loreto Aprutino, between the mountains and the sea at 300-330 meters above sea level. This land had been in the family for well over a hundred years, yet the fruit was sold off to the larger houses of the region. That is, until 2007, when Stefano Papetti Ceroni and Eloisa de Fermo, while raising two young kids and both holding down careers as lawyers in Bologna, decided to begin spending weekends slowly learning about viticulture on the family farm in Abruzzo. The progression was slow, but over the course of six years, the couple had successfully brought sixteen hectares back to thriving life, while also restoring an underground and abandoned cantina located on the farm. Biodynamic principles are followed throughout all of the estate's vineyards, and yields are drastically low compared to the bulk of the region. What’s more, the winemaking style is one of low impact, with a focus on delivering a pure expression of Montepulciano fruit. The winery uses both concrete and wood (tonneaux and large 20hl barrels) for refining the wines, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any oak influence here. Fermentations are spontaneous through indigenous yeasts without temperature control, and sulfur is used at a minimum. In the case of the Prologo, the estate’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, fermentation is carried out over the course of two months in a combination of open top, wood tini' and concrete, and it’s then matured in large oak botti for up to a year and half. When asked about future projects, Stefano Papetti Ceroni spoke about bringing a new vineyard online soon, one which had been abandoned over 150 years ago, increased biodiversity, and working to convince neighboring wineries to begin working through biodynamic or organic principles. Simply stated, De Fermo ranks among the top wineries in Abruzzo to watch.