2000 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne #166276971
Based on 57 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
Pepe’s Montepulciano boasts bold flavors of dark fruit, licorice, and fresh herbs and is distinct from most other Montepulciano wines in the region. In most vintages, two Montepulicanos are produced - one from young vines and the other from old vines. The old vines, after aging a minimum of 5 years, are imported to the USA and are distinguished by the “Selezione Vecchie Vigne” label.
Trying to summarize Emidio Pepe and his wines is a difficult task, as he is a legendary and iconoclastic producer who is on a quest to make one of the world’s greatest red wines. His attention to detail is evident at every step of the production process, from the genetically diverse old vines to the organic farming, native ferments, and hand work in the vineyards and cellar. Pepe holds back at least half of his production for further aging, showcasing his quixotic and visionary approach. Each successive release confirms Pepe’s belief that Montepulciano is one of the world's great wines.