De Fermo - Concrete Rosso 2019
From the importer -
100% Montepulciano. Concrete Rosso comes from across all four of De Fermo's certified-biodynamic Montepulciano parcels where vines are about 25 years old; the fruit is hand-harvested later than that for Le Cince rosato and earlier than for the aged Prologo red. The bunches are destemmed, crushed and macerated for only 4-5 days, with the goal of a younger-drinking version of this very tannic grape. Fermentation is spontaneous with indigenous yeasts and no temperature control. The wine is aged in concrete tanks--hence the very literal name--for up to a year and bottled without fining or filtering; sulfur is used judiciously during racking but never at bottling. Since the wine is classified simply as Vino Rosso, the only geographical indicator on the bottle is "L.A." for the locale of Loreto Apruntino.
The De Fermo family has called Loreto Aprutino home for generations. Family records show vines being cultivated there since 1100 and the family has had a presence in the area since 1785.
The current generation, led by husband and wife team, Stefano Papetti and Nicoletta De Fermo returned to the family farm's vineyards and olive orchards after having successful law careers in Bologna. The winery had not been in use since the mid 1950s.
Since resurrecting their family's cultural heritage in 2008, Stefano and Nicoletta have proven themselves to be stewards of their land and talented winemakers who understand that the best thing they can do is to intervene as seldomly as possible in the cellar and let Loreto Aprutino do the talking.