De Fermo 'Don Carlino' Abruzzo Pecorino Superiore DOC 2017

Article number: De Fermo 'Don Carlino' Pecorino 2017
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The De Fermo family has been in Loreto Aprutino, Abruzzo since 1785, and records show evidence of vines being cultivated there since 1100. The current generation of winemakers is led by husband and wife team Stefano Papetti and Nicoletta De Fermo. They had successful careers in law in Bologna, but returned to the family farm, whose winery had not been in use since the mid-1950’s. They grow mostly classic grapes of the Abruzzo including montepulciano and pecorino that are farmed according to biodynamic principles to enhance the potential of the soil and grapes to be expressed in the wines, which are fermented with indigenous yeasts and neither fined nor filtered. The ‘Don Carlino’ refers to the nickname of Stefano’s mother-in-law’s uncle; it is fermented in tonneaux (very large barrels) and aged in the same for 8-9 months. The wine is very rich and bold, yet ripe and structured. The wine shows stylistic influence of Emidio Pepe, one of the forefathers of low-intervention wines in Abruzzo, with its wildly herbaceous aromatics, ripe apricot, yellow apple and savory spices. The palate is broad with a nice balancing acidity to reel in some of its wilder flavors. Biodynamically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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