Vino Rosso "Concrete"


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.

90 points
"The 2019 Rosso Concrete wafts up a perfumed and pretty display of fresh violets, wild strawberries and wet stone. It’s soft and fleshy in feel, energized by brilliant acidity, which also works to balance its ripe red and hints of blue fruit. This tapers off juicy and fresh, with a twang of minerality that frames the expression nicely. Enjoy with a slight chill for maximum effect. It’s important to note that the Concrete no longer carries the DOC classification, yet it remains a varietal Montepulciano."
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
, April 2021

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