Based on 58 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 90 points John Gilman "The bouquet is starting to show some of the lovely secondary layers of complexity that emerge here with sufficient bottle age, as it offers up a complex melange of black cherries, cigar ash, botanicals, a touch of red curry, a bit of meatiness and a gentle topnote of autumn leaves. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and a bit tarry in personality, with moderate tannins, sound acids and very good length and grip on the focused finish. (JG)"
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About Emidio Pepe
Primarily focusing on the region's native varietals - Montepulciano, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, and Pecorino, Pepe's production techniques celebrate tradition and commitment to quality. This includes the organic cultivation of genetically diverse old vines, the hand-harvesting and foot-treading of grapes, and the initiation of natural fermentations. A unique approach in the industry is Pepe's practice of holding back half of his production for further maturation, thus exemplifying his visionary dedication.
Two versions of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo are produced annually, one from young vines and another from older vines, named "Selezione Vecchie Vigne" after a minimum aging period of five years. This select label guarantees authenticity and provenance, presenting a rich, bold palate with dark fruits, licorice, and fresh herbs, distinguishing itself from other Montepulciano wines in the region.
Pepe's vineyards lie within the idyllic Teramo province, where the maritime influences of the Adriatic sea and cool air currents from the Gran Sasso mountain converge to create a microclimate optimal for slow, progressive grape ripening and ideal sugar-acidity balance. The clay-limestone soil, offering several meters of root depth, imparts a specific minerality that adds complexity and longevity to the wines. Emidio's 55 years of expertise harmonize these elements, guiding the vines' growth without chemical intervention or commercial yeast, aiming to faithfully express the terroir's uniqueness through the distinct personality of Montepulciano and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. This, in essence, epitomizes Emidio Pepe's pursuit of the extraordinary in every bottle.