De Fermo - 'Don Carlino' Pecorino Abruzzo 2016
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Don Carlino was the nickname of Stefano's mother in law's uncle. (His name was Carlo but his family affectionally called him Carlino.) He was a lawyer and politician by trade but his passion was viticulture and French wine.
In the 1930s, Carlo decided to turn his passion into his reality and traveled to France to buy barrels and plant material. He returned to Loreto with both and planted Chardonnay, which he bottled until 1955. This wine is named after him to honor his energy and passion for the family farm.
Don Carlino is 100% Pecorino that ferments in tonneaux and stays in the same tonneaux for 8 to 9 months.
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 100% Pecorino
Certification: Certified Organic
Drinking Window: 2017-2020
The family farm is located in Loreto Aprutino (Abruzzo), halfway between the Adriatic sea (20km) and the southernmost European glacier (20km). In the vineyard, which covers 17 hectares at 270-320 meters of altitude, biodynamic principles are applied since 2009.
The current generation, led by husband and wife team, Stefano Papetti and Nicoletta De Fermo returned to the family farm's vineyards and olive orchards after having successful law careers in Bologna. The winery had not been in use since the mid 1950s.
Since resurrecting their family's cultural heritage in 2008 Stefano and Nicoletta have proven themselves to be stewards of their land and talented winemakers who understand that the best thing they can do is to intervene as little as possible in the cellar and let Loreto Aprutino do the talking.