Controvento – Controvento 2019
Controvento’s 2019 Controvento is made of 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, from vineyards facing the sea to the east. The 20/25-year-old vines are grown on clayey, calcareous soil and were harvested manually. After destemming and crushing, the grapes macerated with their skins in stainless steel tanks for a short period of time. Fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts, without additions. After pressing, the wine was aged for a few months, again in steel. It was bottled unfiltered and unfined, with no sulphites added.
The 2019 Controvento has a ruby-red color, with an intense, deep bouquet filled with red fruit, pepper and a whiff of smoke. On the palate it’s medium-bodied, balanced and slightly sparkling, with crisp acidity, a hint of tannins and a grippy, savory finish. Served slightly chilled, it pairs perfectly with minced meat, red meat, pizza or kebab.
Located in Rocca San Giovanni, a stone’s throw away from the Adriatic Sea in Italy’s Abruzzo region, Vincenzo Di Meo runs Controvento. His small winery is partially situated in a valley, where he tends to approximately 5 hectares of organically-farmed vineyards, all on calcareous soil. Enzo strives to work in the purest form possible, keeping his vines and wines free from chemicals and additives. All of his bottles display great tipicità, perfectly reflect the region’s terroir and are produced only, he says, ‘thanks to the land, rich in stones, and its exposure to the sun, the sea breeze and the meticulous work of man.’