2013 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano

Highly Rated
Emidio Pepe |Abruzzo |Montepulciano
One of Italy's rarest and most complex red wines. Montepulciano at its peak, with aging a necessary luxury.

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The supreme expression of the red grape Montepulciano is made by Emidio Pepe, the pioneering Abruzzo winemaker. He, and his (large) family make an astonishingly complex wine, that needs time to reveal its myriad charms.

And they do it without any artifice or additions, no sulphur, not even any oak, as the wine is matured in glass-lined concrete. Every last aspect is done by hand, from the individually picked grape bunches to the decanting of each bottle before it is sold, rather than any fining of filtering.

And the wine itself? They can be rustic at first but then settle into elegant, exotic, black-fruited masterpieces. Tick these off your Italian wine wish-list.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is “the king” of the Abruzzo varietals. Emidio Pepe describes it as the wine of the future for its immediate beauty and his aging potential.

95 Points - "The 2013 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne takes a considerable amount of time to open up and unfurl from its youthful state. It’s earthy and quite animalistic at first, shaking off musky mineral tones to reveal depths of blackberry, crushed stone and exotic spice. This takes on a much more feminine and lifted feel on the palate, ushering in a pure and vivid display of black cherries contrasted by minty herbs. Tension builds with each passing sip, as the 2013’s zesty acids combine with youthful tannins to create a clenching sensation that lingers through its long and savory finish. Don’t make the mistake of dismissing this lean and well-muscled dancer for a lightweight; all it really needs is some time in the cellar to flesh out and reveal its charms." - Eric Guido (Vinous)

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