Pecorino IGT Colline Pescaresi "Don Carlino"


100% Pecorino. From 2.5 hectares of certified-biodynamic estate vines averaging 20 years old. The bunches are partly destemmed and partly left in whole clusters, macerated for a few hours, pressed in an old-school vertical pressoir and then fermented with native yeasts and no temperature control in concrete tank and oak tonneau. After around 9 months of aging in those vessels, the wine is blended and bottled without fining or filtering or the addition of sulfur (applied in small doses at racking only). "Don Carlino" is named for owner Eloisa De Fermo's great-uncle Carlo, whose passion for French wine led him to purchase French oak barrels and Chardonnay cuttings from Burgundy (planted in 1926) for the family winery. Annual production of 8000 bottles. 

91 points
"The 2019 Pecorino Don Carlino is spicy and sweetly floral, with a whiff of ginger giving way to spring flowers and a hint of wet stone. It’s soft in texture, with a pretty inner sweetness offset by salty acids, as minerals and tart orchard fruits create a display of tension toward the close. Hints of spiced orange and tangerine linger through the long and cheek-puckering finale. The 2019 Don Carlino is a stunning expression of Pecorino, yet it could use a year of cellaring to come fully into focus."
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
, April 2021

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