Cerasuolo d`Abruzzo Superiore "Le Cince"


100% Montepulciano. Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is the traditional deeply colored, full-bodied rosato of the region; it is named Cerasuolo or "big cherry" for its hue and flavor, which is derived from the very nature of the Montepulciano grape and not from an extended maceration. It is the true calling card of the finest Abruzzo growers. De Fermo produced its first one in the 2012 vintage.

The fruit for Le Cince comes from an earlier picking across all four of De Fermo's certified-biodynamic Montepulciano parcels, where vines are about 25 years old. The bunches are partly destemmed and partly left in whole clusters--they are crushed in an old-school vertical pressoir.  After a few hours' maceration, the juice is moved into 20-hectoliter oak botti for a spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts and no temperature control. The wine is aged in these huge botti on the fine lees for 7-9 months and bottled without fining or filtering or additional sulfur (used judiciously at racking only). De Fermo is one of the only growers to age its Cerasuolo this old-fashioned way. The annual production is around 8000 bottles.

"Le Cince" is the collective name of the Cinciallegra family of birds known for their cheerful tittering. Owner/winemaker Stefano's baby daughter was nicknamed "Cincia" because of her happy demeanor, and the wine was named in the plural in honor of the women of the family. 

91 points
"The 2019 Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Le Cince presents a seductive bouquet that mixes ripe strawberries with sweet herbs and crushed stone. It’s silky in feel, energized by a stimulating mix of vibrant acidity and saline-minerals, which creates a crunchy feel to the vivid wild berry fruits. Tension remains high throughout the floral finale, where a hint of sour lime and melon lingers long. Very nice. "
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
, June 2021

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