Emidio Pepe 1983 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC

Emidio Pepe 1983 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC

Item Number: 6033

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Abruzzo
Sub Region: Teramo
Appellation/AVA: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 1983
Grape(s): 100% Montepulciano
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
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 used. 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

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (10/1/2006)

    The fully mature 1983 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, a faded red, presents the wilder side of Montepulciano with an earthy, gamey profile and notes of licorice, leather and evolved, stewed fruits that develop in the glass.