De Fermo, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Prologo” 6 Bottle case, 75cl

Biodynamic, 100% Montepulciano, full yet supremely elegant, soft and yet structured wine, complex and layered, natural wine but very accessible, superb.

Hand harvested in small baskets. Twenty days maceration. Spontaneous fermentation with no temperature control in concrete. Three months in concrete, then 18 months in 20hl oak barrel. No fining, no filtration. A really stunning example of this grape from a superb bio producer. Montepulciano gives you flesh and juicy fruit, but also when at the highest level, there is a level of style and elegance which lifts this well known grape up a level in terms of finesse and sheer class. De Fermo does exactly that, really beautiful red wine.

Stefano Papetti Ceroni’s interest in wine was obvious from age 12 when he started reading wine reviews in cooking magazines. The route to a career in wine, though, was long. Both he and his wife, Eloisa De Fermo, had successful law careers. When Stefano first visited the De Fermo family vineyards, Stefano was smitten. He and Eloisa took over the estate in 2009 and started converting it to biodynamics for which they are now certified. As Stefano says, “The goal is to have wines that have character, individuality and are genuine”.

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