Emidio Pepe 2013 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC

Emidio Pepe 2013 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC

Item Number: 15304

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Abruzzo
Sub Region: Teramo
Appellation/AVA: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 100% Montepulciano
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic

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. Destemming is done by hand in wooden tubs with a special net placed on top. No additives or sulfites are added. Wine undergoes natural, indigenous yeast fermentation. The Montepulciano is fermented for about 10-12 days and subsequently aged for 24 months in glass-lined cement, which Pepe prefers over oak. After spending at least two years in glass-lined tanks, it is bottled unfined and unfiltered for further aging in cellar. As the wine ages, it undergoes malolactic fermentation naturally. Before being released the bottles are opened and decanted one by one by Rosa Pepe, the family matriarch, into new bottles after which they are re-corked, labeled by hand and shipped. There is no fining, filtration, or SO2 added during the second bottling.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (4/6/2021)

    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.