De Fermo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Concreto 2019
100% Montepulciano. The Concrete white and red are newer bottlings for this young winery. The Rosso fruit is harvested earlier for freshness from among De Fermo's 11 hectares of certified-biodynamic Montepulciano vine (the riper fruit from later harvest goes into the traditional rosato Le Cince Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Superiore and the long-aged Prologo DOC Montepulciano d'Abruzzo). The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, crushed and macerated for only 4-5 days, with the goal of a younger-drinking version of this very tannic grape in mind.
Fermentation is spontaneous with indigenous yeasts and no temperature control. The wine is aged in concrete tanks--hence the very literal name of the wine--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.