Prologo DOC Montepulciano d`Abruzzo


100% Montepulciano. Prologo was De Fermo's first wine, hence the "prologue" moniker, in the 2010 vintage. It comes from 2 of the estate's 4 parcels of certified-biodynamic vines (aged around 25 years). The Prologo fruit is hand-harvested the latest of all of the De Fermo vines/wines (usually in the first 10 days of October, then destemmed and fermented spontaneously with native yeasts and no temperature control in concrete tank. Maceration last 2-3 weeks, while the fermentation goes on for up to 2 months. The wine is aged in large oak botti for up to a year and half and is bottled without fining or filtering or additional sulfur (minimal amounts are used at racking only). 

92 points
"Good full inky ruby. Piercing aromas and flavors of blueberry, dark plum, minerals and violet. Then bright and juicy, with laser-like acidity and smooth tannins supporting the fresh blue and black fruit and strongly mineral flavors. The finish is long, stony and clean. Very refined and precise Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Spent 15 days on the skins (a little less than the 2015) and aged in concrete and then large used 25-hL oak barrels. Lovely, elegant Montepulciano d’Abruzzo that is the polar opposite of the 2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, a much richer, riper (though no less elegant) wine."
Ian D'Agata,
Vinous Media
, September 2019

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