Emidio Pepe 2016 Pecorino, Colli Aprutini IGT

Emidio Pepe 2016 Pecorino, Colli Aprutini IGT

Item Number: 12208

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Abruzzo
Sub Region: Teramo
Appellation/AVA: Colli Aprutini IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Pecorino
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic

About Pecorino: Pecorino is an autochthonous grape varietal coming from south of Marche region and north of Abruzzo. For the Pepe’s, the Pecorino grape has been a new challenge as they are faced with a new grape variety and trying to elevate it to the test of the long aging, as they do with the Trebbiano and the Montepulciano. The vineyard is one and a half hectares and was planted in 2007. 2010 vintage was the first release of the wine. A wine that expresses itself in a complete different way than the Trebbiano, the Pecorino seems to be immediate and flavorful with an important structure and a strong acidity.

Winemaking Notes: Harvest is done by hand with strict grape selection; they pick in different phases to select bunches of grapes according to their ripening. Grapes are crushed in a wooden vat by foot. No additives or sulfites are added, and the must undergoes natural, indigenous yeast fermentation in glass-lined cement vats. After fermentation, the wine ages for roughly six months prior to being bottled. The Trebbiano is bottled by hand without filtering. Rosa Pepe, the family matriarch, decants and re-bottles every single bottle in their cellars to take out the deposits which have formed naturally during the aging process.

91pts (2016 Vintage) Wine Spectator 10/31/2019
"Hints of dried mint, almond blossom and orange zest accent the steeped raspberry, creamed white cherry and honeycomb flavors in this richly layered, medium-to-full-bodied white. This is enlivened by juicy acidity and a light spritz that integrates with air. Offers a savory finish, with graphite and flint notes. For fans of this style. Drink now through 2023."


  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (9/12/2019)

    Fresh citrus, apple and kettle corn (which is sweeter than popcorn) on the nose and in the mouth. Deep and flavorful, showing a multifaceted quality that lingers impressively on the back end. Pecorino’s mouth-searing acidity is evident on the palate despite the 100% malo. Finishes long and vibrant, with very good juiciness.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 89 (4/6/2021)

    The 2016 Pecorino is wonderfully fresh but also a bit withdrawn. Gingery spice, ripe yellow apples, hints of candied citrus and an enriching note of almond paste creates an alluring display. This is silky in texture, contrasted by nervous acidity which makes for a juicy experience, as ripe orchard fruits taper off to salty, savory mineral tones. It buzzes with residual tension throughout the finish, along with a hint of hazelnut.